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Fear of missing out (FOMO) as a predictor of problematic social media use among teenagers

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Background and aims. A pathway that Billieux et al. (2015) identify in the current literature, is the ‘excessive reassurance’ pathway, in which socially insecure and anxious individuals display addictive patterns of social media use in order to gratify their excessive social reassurance needs. Thus, it is possible that a Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is an underlying mechanism that explains the relationship between excessive social reassurance needs and (problematic) social media use. Method. This abstract contains preliminary results (N=1977, final N=3000) from an online survey among high-school pupils (Mage = 14.84). Measures include a Fear Of Missing Out scale and an abbreviated and modified scale for Problematic Social Media Use. We performed linear regression analysis to examine whether FOMO predicts problematic social media use. Gender, age and school track were included as control variables. Results Predicting PSMU, the preliminary regression analysis resulted in a significant model (R² = .14). Girls, and teenagers in more vocationally oriented school tracks were more likely to report problems, while age did not predict problematic use. FOMO appeared to predict problematic social media use most strongly (β = .31, p < .001) Conclusion Our study shows that FOMO is an important predictor of problematic social media use. This suggests that FOMO may play a role in explaining the problematic use of social media.

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Vanden Abeele, Mariek, and Tony van Rooij. “Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) as a Predictor of Problematic Social Media Use Among Teenagers.” International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Abstracts. 2016. Print.
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Vanden Abeele, M., & van Rooij, T. (2016). Fear of missing out (FOMO) as a predictor of problematic social media use among teenagers. International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Abstracts. Presented at the International Conference on Behavioral Addictions.
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Vanden Abeele, Mariek, and Tony van Rooij. 2016. “Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) as a Predictor of Problematic Social Media Use Among Teenagers.” In International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Abstracts.
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Vanden Abeele, Mariek, and Tony van Rooij. 2016. “Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) as a Predictor of Problematic Social Media Use Among Teenagers.” In International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Abstracts.
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Vanden Abeele M, van Rooij T. Fear of missing out (FOMO) as a predictor of problematic social media use among teenagers. International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Abstracts. 2016.
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M. Vanden Abeele and T. van Rooij, “Fear of missing out (FOMO) as a predictor of problematic social media use among teenagers,” in International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Abstracts, Geneva, 2016.
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  abstract     = {Background and aims. 
A pathway that Billieux et al. (2015) identify in the current literature, is the ‘excessive reassurance’ pathway, in which socially insecure and anxious individuals display addictive patterns of social media use in order to gratify their excessive social reassurance needs. Thus, it is possible that a Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is an underlying mechanism that explains the relationship between excessive social reassurance needs and (problematic) social media use. 
Method. 
This abstract contains preliminary results (N=1977, final N=3000) from an online survey among high-school pupils (Mage = 14.84). Measures include a Fear Of Missing Out scale and an abbreviated and modified scale for Problematic Social Media Use. We performed linear regression analysis to examine whether FOMO predicts problematic social media use. Gender, age and school track were included as control variables. 
Results
Predicting PSMU, the preliminary regression analysis resulted in a significant model (R² = .14). Girls, and teenagers in more vocationally oriented school tracks were more likely to report problems, while age did not predict problematic use. FOMO appeared to predict problematic social media use most strongly (β = .31, p < .001)
Conclusion
Our study shows that FOMO is an important predictor of problematic social media use. This suggests that FOMO may play a role in explaining the problematic use of social media.},
  author       = {Vanden Abeele, Mariek and van Rooij, Tony},
  booktitle    = {International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Abstracts},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Geneva},
  title        = {Fear of missing out (FOMO) as a predictor of problematic social media use among teenagers},
  year         = {2016},
}