When overstimulation has become a fact of life, I suggest that we reimagine #FOMO [the fear of missing out] as #NOMO, the necessity of missing out.
— How to do nothing: Resisting the attention economy, by Jenny Odell
In a world where distractions are infinite, instantly accessible and alluring, we should recognize the importance of #NOMO for our mental health. And perhaps while we're missing out on the latest noise, we can reconnect a bit with "direct sensuous reality." I love this gorgeous quote Odell references from David Abrams' book Becoming Animal:
“Direct sensuous reality,” writes Abram, “in all its more-than-human mystery, remains the sole solid touchstone for an experiential world now inundated with electronically generated vistas and engineered pleasures; only in regular contact with the tangible ground and sky can we learn how to orient and to navigate in the multiple dimensions that now claim us."