Do you suffer from FOMOOT?

If so, you need to buy a PVR. Or learn how to use the iPlayer or something.

New social phenomenon revealed: FOMOOT*

*That’s Fear of Missing Out on Telly

New research has revealed that over a third of Brits admit choosing to stay in to watch their favourite programme rather than go out. This new TV trend and social phenomenon has been coined – FOMOOT (Fear Of Missing Out On Telly).

With the average Brit watching over 4 hours of live TV a day*, those afflicted by FOMOOT, a term coined by Freesat and an update to the well-known term FOMO (fear of missing out), will stay in to watch that favourite programme, even if that means missing out on an important event or commitment.

Research by the subscription-free satellite TV provider, found that Brits are going to extreme lengths as a result of FOMOOT, with nearly a third of Brits (31%) admitting to missing a friend’s or family’s birthday celebration to watch their favourite programme, one in 10 have pulled a sickie to make sure they’re at home to catch the latest episode of a series and a sneaky 4 per cent also admit to watching their favourite programme at work. Seven per cent have even left a wedding or funeral early to catch a much-loved show.

More than one in 10 of us have fallen out with friends or family due to our TV watching habits, with that figure rising to one in five for 16-25 year olds. Bad reactions to missing a beloved show include sulking all night (12%), blaming your partner (7%), throwing the remote control 4%) and even crying (2%). Two per cent of us have even tried to lie about having seen a programme, just to keep up with conversation.

The top 5 programmes Brits don’t want to miss are:

  1. Sherlock (21%)
  2. Doctor Who (17%)
  3. Coronation Street (15%)
  4. Downton Abbey (15%)
  5. Mrs Brown’s Boys (13%)

No indication of the methodology used for this. I’m sure it was entirely scientific and not at all just a weak attempt to get publicity for something Freesat-related.




  • Jason S.

    I grew out of this 'disorder' around 2008/2009, around the time British TV actually stopped trying to be a provocative alternative to American media (as it was throughout the Clinton and Bush years), and just morphed into a more tea-happy version of the Yankee Doodle. The once great BBC and ITV are now, for the most part, subpar Hollywood studios whose creative talent is simply plagiarizing ideas straight from other films and shows (do screenwriters read anymore?). Science fiction and fantasy in particular have been hit hard, thanks in large part to Moffat's Doctor Who catering so much to the binge-watching Comic Con consumer-geeks from the '80s, while leaving everyone else – the normal people who want intelligent AND entertaining works of art that they can share with their children and grandchildren – out in the freezing North Atlantic cold. Hardly anything in British TV is striving to be innovative and classic.

  • I'll probably be posting something on what I think is going on with the Beeb in terms of drama on Monday. TBH, though, the best US dramas are now miles better than the best UK dramas, except in some very rare instances.

  • Jason S.

    It's not just the BBC, it's the whole British TV landscape (ITV, C4, Sky), across all genres (drama, comedy, natural history, etc.); the medium is just giving up on having a lasting, meaningful impact. And the vast majority of American TV hasn't much better either, even with cable, pay-per-view, and the Internet. If anything, those things are actually making the situation WORSE.

    I look forward to reading your take. 🙂