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Fear of Missing Out and Problematic Social Media Use Among University Students in Turkey: Correlates and Further Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 2 July 2021 / Approved: 7 July 2021 / Online: 7 July 2021 (10:23:46 CEST)

How to cite: Kırık, A.M.; Çetinkaya, A.; Gündüz, U. Fear of Missing Out and Problematic Social Media Use Among University Students in Turkey: Correlates and Further Analysis. Preprints 2021, 2021070173 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0173.v1). Kırık, A.M.; Çetinkaya, A.; Gündüz, U. Fear of Missing Out and Problematic Social Media Use Among University Students in Turkey: Correlates and Further Analysis. Preprints 2021, 2021070173 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0173.v1).

Abstract

This study examines the relationship of fear of missing out (FOMO) with heavy social networking among Turkish university students (aged 17 - 55). The perception of the possible role of parental supervision on online activities is also investigated. Factor analysis of FOMO scale led us to evaluate the construct under two dimensions as (1) fear of missing experience and (2) fear of missing activity. The results revealed that fear of missing activity increases social media intrusion while fear of missing experience is found to have no significant effect. The reverse relationship is also valid: an urge to use social media predicts fear of missing out (activity and experience). Fear of missing experience is associated with problematic social media use (PSMU) and a high desire to use social media. The results additionally demonstrate that students aged 30 and older believe more in the requirement of parental control than those aged 17-22.

Subject Areas

Fear of missing out (FOMO), Parental control, Problematic Social Media Use (PSMU), Social Media Addiction, Social Media Intrusion

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