November 22, 2016

Coveted Hatchimals toys trigger “Fear of Missing Out” panic this Christmas season

David MenziesMission Specialist

For members of Generation Snowflake, there’s no greater terror than the fear of missing out, or "FoMO" for short. That’s the acronym for this debilitating psychological condition which can lead to anxiety, a feeling of helplessness or even depression.

Whether it’s not having tickets to the latest Drake appearance or trying to get by with an Apple 6 smartphone, these days being behind the curve in any way can trigger FoMO.

I’m wearing this tartan ribbon to raise awareness about this serious problem as we head into the holiday season when many parents face the social angst of not getting the trendy toy of the season for their child before it’s gone from the shelves.

Watch as I tell you about the toy that’s triggering a FoMO outbreak this year, the Hatchimal.

And, it’s only going to get worse the closer we get to Christmas.

When everyone on Facebook is talking about Hatchimals, this compounds the desire to belong to the “in crowd” of those who were lucky or savvy or rich enough to acquire a Hatchimal.

Forget the flu. If you don’t get a Hatchimal for your spoiled brat on Christmas day, the FoMO factor looms large and there’s nothing more debilitating in our Selfie-World than the Fear of Missing Out.

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commented 2016-11-27 21:16:16 -0500
Melissa McDonald of Waterloo laments she “…might not be a good mother for her 6 yo daughter unless she somehow…” finds that toy. Dear Mrs. McDonald, perhaps you will be the BEST mother by adding some Vitamin N to your child’s diet (the No word – see PragerU on that one). I fear you’ve been brainwashed by all the positively toxic positive parenting rubbish on Pintrest. It’s confused many parents and destroyed many children … IF you want to raise resilient adults, you need to show resilience yourself. IMHO
commented 2016-11-23 07:45:10 -0500
Me, too! Where’s my Ferrari? Oh, I am so missing out.
commented 2016-11-23 00:28:41 -0500
It used to be divorced parents, mentally, verbally or physically abusive parents, disruptive childhoods that caused kids to grow up to be angry, militant, emotionally distant, atheists. Now, its not getting an egg for Christmas.
I’m glad I’m getting old and won’t remember most of this soon.
commented 2016-11-23 00:04:27 -0500
I badly wanted Ashlyn Gere for Christmas many times, never got that though.
commented 2016-11-22 22:09:39 -0500
Meanwhile Obama is starving kids in Yemen.
commented 2016-11-22 18:56:18 -0500
So these hatchamos are designed for university students in their safe space I am assuming.
commented 2016-11-22 16:57:25 -0500
I’ve missed more than a few meals in my life – including turkey dinners…kind of makes you less wasteful and more appreciative of food. They say adversity builds character.
I’ll spare you the details of Christmas in our home in the 50’ and 60’s, suffice to say it was a different planet then – I really did appreciate the flannel pajamas from my Great Grandmother…every year!
Maybe what the spoiled brats of those spoiled brat parents would benefit from, is celebrating a different kind of Christmas…
An old girlfriend of mine who came from a very poverty stricken country in SA, one day tells me how we’re going to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that year. I was going to be body-guard (oh the irony) and drive her around Vancouver and she was going to take the several thousand dollars she converted to $20’s from her pay – that she would have spent on all her friends and partying etc., and hand the several thousand dollars out to those she thought were in need or otherwise deserving. The really special thing she did for those people though was the hug and kiss on the cheek they all got too…now that was really something to see! Still tears me up…
Merry Christmas.
commented 2016-11-22 14:26:11 -0500
Parents could be very good parents by using the simple, one word sentence, “No.” But that would be too much to ask of today’s Politically Correct parents.

Janie and Johnny have been taught that there are no winners or losers in sports, everyone gets a trophy for showing up to ski class, do your best but don’t be too much better or the other children would be made to feel bad, and you deserve to have everything because you were born. Having last generation Wii, Playstation, Nintendo, or XBOX would mean putting the little ones at a social disadvantage. Poor darlings, having a hissy fit, can’t let that happen.

And then we wonder why Social Justice Warriors have their entitlement issues, especially if society doesn’t do as they demand.
commented 2016-11-22 13:32:16 -0500
Send them to Africa for a while. Let them walk miles for filthy water.
commented 2016-11-22 12:30:18 -0500
This world has lost it’s mind. 1984 George Orwell…it’s here.
commented 2016-11-22 11:30:36 -0500
good one David , the snow flakes are going to be all curled up crying for their mommies or their psychologists and some turdo hugs .
commented 2016-11-22 11:00:43 -0500
This desire to be part of the in crowd is what drives most of the left wing. If they don’t go along with the crowd they might be mocked and called names. Heaven forfend! So instead of thinking they just go onto social media and try to run to the head of the mob before the mob changes directions. Hillary popular? Jump on her bandwagon. Feminism in the ascendency? Get with it. Islamic migration displacing feminism? Abandon ship!