I WANT TO GO TO THE PARTY
Turns out Cinderella wasn't the only one willing to do anything for an invite - even it meant befriending mice, wearing cripplingly uncomfortable glasss shoes (seriously, who wears shoes made of glass and doesn't expect blisters) and riding to the venue in a muddy pumpkin.
We've known about this terrifying social disorder for a while - but it turns out that women are particularly at risk of coming down with it.
And - despite our attempts to make JOMO a thing instead - the FOMO epidemic looks in no danger of slowing down.
A new study by Green Flag has shown that women are TWICE as likely to come down with a bad case of FOMO - fear of missing out - than men.
We can all picture the scene.
It's the end of the week, you've spent last month's paycheck on one-too-many ASOS orders and you feel like you might be coming down with the sniffles.
Every logical fibre of your being is telling you to have a quiet one.
BUT - "ping" goes your phone, a notification from Facebook to tell you that all your friends have managed to land themselves a guestlist spot for the opening of that swanky new club and they want you to come too.
It takes every ounce of restraint to stop yourself from accepting their invitation, but you manage it.
And then the sheer HORROR takes over, coursing through you like bad milk on a hangover.
We've all been there.
And the truth of the matter is, you're probably right. Think about it, the chances of them having the best time / most fun / silliest stories / freakishly brilliant accidental mishaps on the ONE occasion that you decided to stay at home are pretty darn high.
The study, carried out by Green Flag, showed that just five per cent of us in Britain didn't give a hoot about missing a social engagement.
So we're a nation of cripplingly anxious selfie-takers, as if we didn't know that already.
We're also a nation of sports fanatics, with over two thirds of us (69 per cent) pulling sickies from work in order to attend sporting events.
You hear that Andy Murray? You're responsible for Britain's poor work ethic, we hope you're proud.
Basically, there's really only one moral to this story:
Never stay in.
Always accept invitations, take a selfie at every available opportunity, make sure Cheryl always does something ridiculous and plaster the pictures all over Facebook, so everyone knows once and for all that you are the life and soul of the party.
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