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Motivational, emotional, and behavioral correlates of fear of missing out

Przybylski, A. K., Murayama, K., DeHaan, C. R. and Gladwell, V. (2013) Motivational, emotional, and behavioral correlates of fear of missing out. Computers in Human Behavior, 29 (4). pp. 1841-1848. ISSN 0747-5632

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.02.014

Abstract/Summary

Social media utilities have made it easier than ever to know about the range of online or offline social activities one could be engaging. On the upside, these social resources provide a multitude of opportunities for interaction; on the downside, they often broadcast more options than can be pursued, given practical restrictions and limited time. This dual nature of social media has driven popular interest in the concept of Fear of Missing Out – popularly referred to as FoMO. Defined as a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent, FoMO is characterized by the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing. The present research presents three studies conducted to advance an empirically based understanding of the fear of missing out phenomenon. The first study collected a diverse international sample of participants in order to create a robust individual differences measure of FoMO, the Fear of Missing Out scale (FoMOs); this study is the first to operationalize the construct. Study 2 recruited a nationally representative cohort to investigate how demographic, motivational and well-being factors relate to FoMO. Study 3 examined the behavioral and emotional correlates of fear of missing out in a sample of young adults. Implications of the FoMOs measure and for the future study of FoMO are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Social
ID Code:34846
Uncontrolled Keywords:motivational behavior emotional states Fear of Missing Out social resources social media individual differences Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) Thirties (30-39 yrs) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Fear of Missing Out Scale [Appended] Emmons Mood Indicator Positive and Negative Affect Schedule--Expanded Version Need-Satisfaction Scale Life Satisfaction Scale Empirical Study Quantitative Study Motivation Fear Online Social Networks Great Britain India Australia US United Kingdom article Canada 3120:Personality Traits & Processes
Publisher:Elsevier

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