Fear of Missing Out predicts employee information security awareness above personality traits, age, and gender

Hadlington, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-9095-0517, Binder, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1083-7109 and Stanulewicz, N., 2020. Fear of Missing Out predicts employee information security awareness above personality traits, age, and gender. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. ISSN 2152-2715

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The role of human factors in employee information security awareness has garnered increased attention, with many researchers highlight a potential link between problematic technology use and poorer online safety and security. The present study aimed to present additional evidence for this by exploring the relationship between of Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) and information security awareness (ISA) in employees. A total of 718 participants completed an online questionnaire that included a measure of FoMO, ISA, as well as the Big Five personality inventory. Participants who reported higher levels of FoMO had lower overall ISA, as well as having poorer knowledge, a more negative attitude, and engaged in risker behaviours in relation to ISA. FoMO was also demonstrated to be the largest single negative predictor for ISA, above that of age, gender, and the key personality traits tested. The potential reasons for the influence of FoMO over ISA are discussed, as well as the implications for organisational information security.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: Hadlington, L., Binder, J. and Stanulewicz, N.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 27 April 2020
ISSN: 2152-2715
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 07 May 2020 13:24
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 10:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39805

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