F.O.M.O. (n): Fear of Missing Out

September 9, 2011

You’ve all been there.

You’re set. You’re here, at school, and it’s a fresh start to a new year. You’ve been taking notes in your classes, and paying hefty attention. Ah, so classes for today are done, the dance class just ended, and your eight-hour work day is over. You resolve to shower and get started on your homework or studying, and then it happens:  “Hey, we’re going to go down to the [place] to [do/ eat/ explore/ hang out]. Want to come?” And F.O.M.O. strikes again. The books you were about to hit fall to the wayside, dodging the blow for a few more hours.

F.O.M.O., the “Fear of Missing Out,” was explained to me last weekend on our Shabbaton by a new friend. You don’t turn down an opportunity to hang out because the opportunity cost of missing something great is too valuable to you. Here is some evidence of F.O.M.O.’s attacks this week.


Flaming Poi

A bunch of us went downtown one night to eat. I heard the familiar sound of a djembe, and spotted a guy spinning flaming poi in the middle of one of the open areas in Ben Yehuda.



Sakura Sushi and Zollis Pub

Berke had brought us to a sushi restaurant he’d been to before, called Sakura Sushi. Or さくらすし. Or סאקורה. It was a nifty little place tucked into an alley, among other hopping restaurants. It was strange to eat sushi in Israel, and even stranger that the menu was in English and Hebrew, but not in Japanese. The quality of the food was alright, yet it tasted better than it was because I hadn’t had sushi in a while. Sushi, sashimi, a little sake made for an altogether good meal with good people.

Afterward, we decided to explore the alleyway even deeper, and it took us to a square that had music playing and out door bar seating. We were actually tired and ready to go home, but we ended up sitting down, joining tables with friends we found, and enjoying hookah and drinks.



The Voca People at the Israeli Museum

Just last night, we went to the other side of Jerusalem to the Israeli Museum to see a concert by Israel’s own Voca People, an a capella group. I decided last minute to join this trip, and I’m sure glad I ended up going. The Art Garden in the museum was filled with seats, and since we had gotten last minute student price tickets, we walked in on a sea of full seats. We sat all the way in the back, which was still okay. The performance was fun. I haven’t seen an a capella group live since Rutgers’ Deep Treble made a random appearance at the State Theater for some pre-show entertainment. And does anyone remember Rockapella? Anyway, please enjoy this video of some of the finale from last night’s Voca People concert.



Look at what I would have missed had F.O.M.O. not gotten to me!
But seriously, I’m not completely ignoring my Hebrew homework…


  1. Your explanation is exactly how they write communications theorys lol

    • Haha! I’ll take that as a compliment, Arielle!

  2. i’m glad you’re getting as much out of your time in israel as possible, in the socializing especially. remember, lots of learning happens that way too! and maybe immersing yourself in the locale can help your hebrew too!

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