Social comparison orientation and fear of missing out as mediators between self-concept clarity and problematic smartphone use

Servidio, R., Sinatra, M., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Monacis, L., 2021. Social comparison orientation and fear of missing out as mediators between self-concept clarity and problematic smartphone use. Addictive Behaviors, 122: 107014. ISSN 0306-4603

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Abstract

The present study sought to provide empirical evidence for the sequential mediating role of social comparison orientation and fear of missing out (FoMO) in the relationship between self-concept clarity (SCC) and problematic smartphone use (PSU) within the framework of the Interaction of Person-Affect-Cognition-Execution (I-PACE) model. A sample of 474 Italian participants (Mage = 29.48; 52.7% females) completed a battery of self-report scales including the Self-Concept Clarity Scale, the Iowa–Netherlands Comparison Orientation, the Fear of Missing Out Scale, and the Smartphone Addiction Scale. Descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations, and structural equation modelling analyses were conducted. Results confirmed the hypothesized relationships and indicated that SCC was negatively associated with PSU use and that this association was partially and sequentially mediated by social comparison orientation and FoMO. Both mediators could therefore be considered as proximal factors of PSU. Implications and further research suggestions are provided.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Addictive Behaviors
Creators: Servidio, R., Sinatra, M., Griffiths, M.D. and Monacis, L.
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date: November 2021
Volume: 122
ISSN: 0306-4603
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107014DOI
S0306460321001994Publisher Item Identifier
1445329Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Jun 2021 08:40
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2021 10:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43079

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