With the New York Comic-Con getting underway today, fans across the country who are unable to attend find themselves stricken with severe cases of FOMO.
As news, trailers, and images trickle out of the convention over the next four days, physicians are concerned the FOMO epidemic will intensify.
“My advice to at-risk individuals is to avoid all social media until the convention ends. Don’t watch any TV or read any comic books either, because enjoying your favorite fandoms while knowing you’re missing out on the latest news about them can trigger an acute attack. So basically, you’ll just want to, I don’t know, spend some time with your family I guess?” said Dr. Susan Charles, MD, FOMO specialist at the Cleveland Clinic.
According to fans around the country, FOMO is both a health risk and an inconvenience.
“I live in Nebraska, so it’s hard to get to either the San Diego or the New York con,” said superfan Kelly Sanderson, 28, of Lincoln, NE. “So twice a year, I’m basically bed-ridden. It’s gotten to the point where I just plan to use my vacation days for the Thursday and Friday of the cons. It really sucks,” Sanderson said.
While FOMO is not always treated as a serious illness, it should not be taken lightly, and fans are advised to take precautions this weekend.
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