New study suggests that those who fear of not been able to keep up with their friends, therefore, and consequently missing some fun are more likely to use Facebook or Twitter as compared to others who don’t have the same fear.
Experts believe that, through social media, people were able to keep up-to-date with each other’s each movement like never before. This becomes an obsession, which might lead to “fear of missing out” (FoMO). A new study now has the way to measure the concept of FoMO.
The study that is about to be published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior is the first of its kind that will delve further into investigating the fear of missing out phenomenon. FoMO got recognized about three years ago at the time wherein social media use become prevalent because of mobile phones being able to access them now.
Lead researcher and psychologist Dr. Andy Przybylski, asserted that FoMO is not new, but with more and more people using social media sites, things have change as there are more people using it than it was before.
The only issue with FoMO is how they become much involved with social media because they want to see their friends. This result for them to ignore what makes them happy.
Przybylski noted how Facebook usage was changing. It is not longer the social site that it was used to be as people can gain access from it through their mobile phone.
The research team formulates a way of how they measure an individual’s level of FoMO.
What researchers found out is that people under the age of 30 were more affected than others from FoMO. For this group, social media is a necessity rather than just something that they want.
Przybylski noted that when a “psychological needs were deprived”, these individuals will turn to the use of social media. This explains how individuals feel more attached and why some people use social media more than others.
The discovery leads for researchers to come into conclusion high level of fear of missing out were more likely to give into the temptation of composing and to check text messages and e-mails while driving. These are the same people who were easily distracted during University sessions and more mixed feelings about their social media use.