Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

Apr 2, 2024
5 min read

Welcome to the world of Web3, where cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and a unique culture converge. Entering the world of Web3 can be both thrilling and overwhelming, especially when faced with the seemingly cryptic language used by enthusiasts. Don't worry if you feel they sound like some secret codes, we are here to unravel their meaning in Web3 context. In this article, we are going to introduce [FOMO].


What is the meaning of FOMO?

"FOMO," or "Fear Of Missing Out," was coined by author Patrick J. McGinnis during his time at Harvard Business School in the early 2000s. It first appeared in a 2004 article in the Harvard magazine, The Harbus, describing the anxiety of missing out on experiences or opportunities. The term gained popularity, especially in the era of social media, symbolizing the anxiety caused by seeing others' activities online and fearing missing out on exciting events. FOMO has since become a widely recognized phrase, reflecting a common social anxiety in the digital age.


Source: Harvard Business School

Why is FOMO Prevalent in Crypto?

Cryptocurrencies are known for their rapid price changes. News about someone making a fortune overnight from a small crypto investment can spread like wildfire, igniting FOMO. Unlike traditional markets, crypto markets operate 24/7, amplifying this effect as prices can swing dramatically at any hour of the day or night.


How to Avoid FOMO

Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power. Do your own Research(DYOR) is crucial. The more you understand the crypto market and individual cryptocurrencies, the less likely you are to make decisions based on fear.

Long-Term Planning

Focus on long-term investment strategies rather than short-term gains. This approach helps in resisting impulsive decisions driven by FOMO.

Risk Management

Only invest what you can afford to lose, and diversify your investments to reduce risk.

Emotional Discipline

Recognize that FOMO is an emotional response and understand that FOMO is a normal feeling. Being aware of it can help you make more rational decisions.


FOMO in crypto is a psychological challenge that many investors face. By understanding what it is, its background, and how to manage it, you’re better equipped to make informed decisions in the cryptocurrency market. Happy investing, and may your crypto journey be as informed as it is exciting!

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