Get Over your FoMO with an Internship in Vietnam

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These days, you have probably heard people talk about and express their concerns over FoMO all over the time. So what is FoMO, how is it harmful and how can we get over it to enjoy life the the fullest? Let’s read on to find out.

The term FoMO has gained so much popularity in recent years that it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and according to the dictionary, FoMO is the “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media”

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FoMo in picture. Photo: AdExpresso

In other words, FoMO is the fear of missing out, the fear that your peers are doing or in possession of more or something better than you. According to a study on the subject, approximately three quarters of young adults reported they experienced this phenomenon.

So how exactly does FoMO affect you?

1. You will be spending more time than necessary on social media

One of the most common symptoms of FoMO is that people who have it will constantly check their phone for updates on social media. The reason for this is that they don’t want to feel left behind on the gossips, breaking news or what is trending. Even though checking social media every waking minute can help alleviate the anxiety of missing out, it actually, as one can imagine, does more harm than good.

Spending too much time on social media can result in a removal of oneself from reality and sometimes responsibilities. Results from a recent scientific study shows that FoMO is associated with distracted driving and use of social media during lectures. This is extremely dangerous and can have detrimental effects to one’s future career and life.

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Spending too much time on social media is probably not a good idea.

2. FoMO comes from unhappiness and results in unhappiness

Have you ever questioned where FoMO comes from?  If you are not happy with yourself, you are more likely to have FoMO. When you are not feeling too great about your life, you have the tendency to look for what other people are doing, are they doing better or worse than you. Social media offers the answers you are looking for, but not necessarily the ones you need. Sure, your Facebook friends might seem to be doing better than you, but is this really the case, are people showing off all aspects of their lives, the good and the bad on social media, or they are only cherry-picking the best? Since most people on media present the more positive side of themselves to the public, you will more likely find that they are doing way better than you are and this ensues more depression and axiety.

How to keep yourself from FoMO and enjoy life?

The first and foremost step is very simple. Stop scrolling through your newsfeed every 5 minutes. There is no denying that social media is fun and they offer an escape from reality, however, as we have learnt previously, that it doesn’t help with FoMO and it can only worsen the situation. So spend a moderate amount of your time on social media and spend the rest doing things in real life that makes you happy and that distracts you from the necessity of grabbing your phone. It can be cooking, painting, dancing, singing or even learning a new language, whatever you can find a meaning in, you should be doing it.

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Making new friends and learning having a hobby can help with FoMo.

How does an internship in Vietnam help you deal with FoMO better?

Basically, what you need to get out of a sticky FoMO situation is to do something that is so meaningful to your personal growth that it distracts you from the need to know what everyone else is doing. And an internship in Vietnam can be just what you are looking for. Let’s see why?

1. You will be spending time away from your friends circle doing exciting, practical work

An internship abroad means working and living in a completely different culture from your own, in a considerably long amount of time. You will be spending time making new friends at work, meeting new people during after hours gatherings and you will most certainly have lots of fun in the process. Once you are consumed in all these professional and social activities, the need to go online and check your Facebook will naturally disappear. Instead, you will be more inclined to focus on getting your work done and have fun with friends after that.

2. You will be too busy managing your life and work abroad to even think about social media

If we are really honest, you will be much busier managing your life abroad than you are at home. You need to decide the best place to shop for grocery while there is a bunch of options, you need to find out how to use the gas stove you have at the apartment while learning how to communicate with the helpful landlord who only speak little English. Everything will be new and even a bit strange to you, so you can expect to spend more time than normal to get used to the living arrangement, the transportation and the food.

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Our intern from Denmark – Trine Hansen, having fun at her work, a chain store selling and promoting organic foods.

When you are at work, you will have to face cultural differences in doing business and relationship between co-workers, you will realize that no matter how much you have read about the country’s business culture, there will also be something new to learn while you are actually working there.

3. You will be exposed to a different perspective about work and life

You will learn that in this foreign country, some people don’t even have access to the Internet let alone social media, that some of them live under the poverty line and they still manage to be positive about life. You will learn that the ability to travel is a privilege and a luxury and that your life is afterall, is incredible.

4. Many adventures await you in Vietnam

You will go on an adventure even on your way to work or to the grocery store every day, maybe one day you try going on the bus, the next day you hop on the back of a bike, one day you feel safe shopping at a supermarket but the next day you feel like adventuring into the unknown (and exciting) zone of local markets, who knows! There will always be something out of the ordinary (for you) happening, and that is a part of the experience. Embrace every opportunity to experience and learn from the local culture in Vietnam and you will have no time or desire to look at your phone anymore.

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Take a leap and have an amazing adventure in Vietnam


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