Fear of missing out and relational aggression on Facebook

Abell, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-6230-8551, Buglass, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8461 and Betts, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089, 2019. Fear of missing out and relational aggression on Facebook. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22 (12), pp. 799-803. ISSN 2152-2715

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Abstract

The use of Social Networking sites (SNS) has been associated with fear of missing out (FOMO) which is characterized by perceiving others as having more rewarding lives. The current study investigated whether FOMO is related to Facebook relational aggression through a desire to avoid inferiority and engagement in manipulative behaviors. Facebook users (N= 190, 87% female) completed an online survey assessing FOMO, striving to avoid inferiority, interpersonal manipulation, and Facebook relational aggression. Serial mediation analysis demonstrated that higher levels of FOMO were associated with increased desire to avoid inferiority, which in turn was associated with higher levels of interpersonal manipulation and subsequent higher reported rates of Facebook relational aggression. The research considers how FOMO is associated with socially aversive Facebook behavior to meet psycho-social needs deficits.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: FOMO and relational aggression on Facebook
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: Abell, L., Buglass, S. and Betts, L.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: December 2019
Volume: 22
Number: 12
ISSN: 2152-2715
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1089/cyber.2019.0071DOI
1197955Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Oct 2019 08:42
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 14:24
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37923

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