Motivators of online vulnerability: the impact of social network site use and FOMO

Buglass, S.L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8461, Binder, J.F. ORCID: 0000-0002-1083-7109, Betts, L.R. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089 and Underwood, J.D.M. ORCID: 0000-0002-6895-0251, 2017. Motivators of online vulnerability: the impact of social network site use and FOMO. Computers in Human Behavior, 66, pp. 248-255. ISSN 0747-5632

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Continued and frequent use of social network sites (SNS) has been linked to a fear of missing out (FOMO) and online self-promotion in the form of friending and information disclosure. The present paper reports findings from 506 UK based Facebook users (53% male) who responded to an extensive online survey about their SNS behaviours and online vulnerability. Structural equation modelling (SEM) suggests that FOMO mediates the relationship between increased SNS use and decreased self-esteem. Self-promoting SNS behaviours provide more complex mediated associations. Longitudinal support (N = 175) is provided for the notion that decreased self-esteem might motivate a potentially detrimental cycle of FOMO-inspired online SNS use. The research considers the implications of social networking on an individual’s online vulnerability.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Computers in Human Behavior
Creators: Buglass, S.L., Binder, J.F., Betts, L.R. and Underwood, J.D.M.
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Date: January 2017
Volume: 66
ISSN: 0747-5632
S0747563216306902Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 04 Oct 2016 14:25
Last Modified: 01 May 2020 09:17

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