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Instagram and Life-satisfaction : does fear of missing out act as a mediator in the relationship between Instagram use and Life-satisfaction of young adults?

Kersebaum, Pauline (2020) Instagram and Life-satisfaction : does fear of missing out act as a mediator in the relationship between Instagram use and Life-satisfaction of young adults?

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Abstract:Instagram is currently the fastest growing social networking site in the world. Due to it’s image-driven nature, it might encourage users to mainly share idealized moments of their lives. But how might the continuous access to information about other people’s lives affect one’s own satisfaction with life? While fear of missing out (FoMO) describes the fear that others might be having pleasing experiences which one is missing, this study aimed to investigate whether FoMO acts as a mediator in the relationship between Instagram use and life-satisfaction. It was expected that Instagram use would be negatively associated with life-satisfaction, and positively related to FoMO. It was hypothesized that FoMO would be negatively associated with life-satisfaction. To test these hypotheses, an online survey was conducted. The sample consisted of 109 participants. The correlation analyses revealed no significant association between Instagram use and life-satisfaction, and between Instagram use and FoMO. A significant, negative association was found between FoMO and satisfaction with life. The indirect effect of Instagram use on life-satisfaction was significant, showing that a mediation effect of FoMO occurred. Future research should further investigate FoMO and focus on the development of strategies that help with its management in everyday life.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81614
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