The fear of missing out
As someone who sees major movie releases during opening nights frequently, it's never been difficult to get tickets to these events. I usually just casually buy tickets to the first showing at Regal Bridgeport in Tualatin a week before or so, and show up an hour early to get a good seat. I've done this for all the recent "Star Wars" and Marvel releases, which usually draw huge crowds. But what happened April 2 was absolutely unprecedented.
I woke up to an alarm at 4:50 a.m. quite confused, before remembering I had set my alarm because presale tickets for the new "Avengers" were set to release at 5 a.m. on the West Coast. I was able to check out a few minutes before that, getting the three best seats in the house for me and two friends at the very first showing.
I then went back to the seat map to see if anyone had done the same and was shocked to see almost all the middle seats greyed out. I know that it can be hard to get seats in major cities like New York or Los Angeles, but Tualatin, Oregon? I have never seen it before.
I went back to sleep, waking up to several articles that said "Avengers: Endgame" had shattered week presale records in just six hours. I went back to Bridgeport showings and most showings through Sunday were sold out.
I'm used to the blitz to get tickets in the live music scene — I attend quite a few concerts every season at the Roseland Theater, Hawthorne Theater, and Moda Center. It's never been similar for movies. I personally think that the fear of missing out effect has plagued our society in the past decade.
Often abbreviated as FOMO, the effect creates an anxiety to constantly be connected with what your peers are doing. This has become especially prevalent with social media. No one wants to miss out on anything fun, so many teenagers are constantly refreshing their Snapchat and Instagram
feeds to make sure they stay connected.
In my experience, adults often do the same thing with Facebook. I think that's what happened here. People saw articles saying that the tickets were a hot item, so many went out to buy their own.
It's natural for humans to want to know what others are doing and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. But, I do believe that social media has made it too easy for people to have a constant and immediate need for this information.
In my opinion, it's best to do the things you want to do and not spend too much time worrying about what others are doing.
Tate Ericson is a senior at Wilsonville High School.