# What is the octet rule of oxygen?

Oxygen has an electron configuration of $1 {s}^{2} 2 {s}^{2} 2 {p}^{4}$ this means that oxygen has six valence electrons $2 {s}^{2} 2 {p}^{4}$. Oxygen seeks out two additional electrons to fill the p orbital and gain the stability of a noble gas, $1 {s}^{2} 2 {s}^{2} 2 {p}^{6}$.
However, now oxygen has 10 electrons and only 8 protons making it a -2 charge anion ${O}^{- 2}$.