Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flicker, was recently quoted in a New York Times article that examined the social stress caused by Twitter for those reading updates from events they’re missing. On her blog, Fake writes that it is the Fear Of Missing Out, or FOMO, the motivates human behavior in social media and makes us slaves to our technology:
…social software both creates and cures FOMO. If you didn’t know that party was going on, you’d be home contentedly reading your latest New Yorker. But since you do, you hungrily watch each new tweet.