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PsycheCentral: The drivers of compulsive social media use

May 1, 2013

More and more people are finding that checking Facebook, Twitter, email and other Internet services is a compulsive behaviour that they can’t control. No doubt this is a topic that is going to come increasingly in consulting rooms and journal articles. Here is a discussion of an article in Computers in Human Behaviour:

Emerging research implies that fear of not keeping up with friends, and consequently missing some fun, motivates use of Facebook or Twitter.
Experts say the rise in social media, where we can keep up-to-date with each other’s every movements like never before, has led to the curse of “fear of missing out” (FoMO). And a new study develops a way to measure the concept of FoMO.
The study, to be published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, is the first study to investigate the fear of missing out phenomenon — an occurrence that only came to light about three years ago as social media become ever-more accessible with the increase in smart phones.
Lead researcher and psychologist Dr. Andy Przybylski explains that the fear of missing out is not new, but the rise is social media offers a window into other people’s lives like never before.
The problem for people with a high level of FoMO is they may become so involved is seeing what their friends are doing and they are not, they often ignore what they are actually enjoying themselves.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/04/30/fear-of-missing-out-drives-use-of-social-media/54307.html

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