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created over 3 years ago | Tagged: esteem, well being, power plays, twitter, facebook, gen y, slang, millenials, phrases, yolo, fomo,


Have you been seeing YOLO and FOMO pop up in your Twitter or Facebook feed and wondered what it meant (but didn't wonder hard enough to look it up on Urban Dictionary)? Allow me to explain in an overly detailed way. YOLO is the hot new phrase for kids ages 16-22. For ages 23-29, it's FOMO. And if you're older than that, congratulations on figuring out how to fire up your Internet Explorer 7 browser to read this, but you're probably confused because the only acronym you know is AARP. I'll slow it down for you, gramps. YOLO is the 140-character-limit-friendly version of the phrase, "you only live once". Of course, the phrase has been around for as long as midlife crisis-stricken dads have been buying motorcycles and Oakley wraparounds, but the YOLO acronym is new. Like, only within the last 2-3 months new. You'll see it all over Twitter and Facebook if you lurk around the teen haunts of those networks, like hashtag games or searches for keywords "why do we have to learn --". The rapid growth of YOLO is directly related to Drake's recent hit single, "The Motto" where he raps, "you only live once, that's the motto nigga, YOLO." YOLO is to recklessly pursue fun while throwing long-term consequences to the wind. YOLO is the worry-free rallying cry of youth shaking off the hairshirt of the pressures of the current times. Ah, the sweet blossom of youth...




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