Adolescent Screen Time Associated with Risk Factor of Fear of Missing Out During Pandemic Covid-19

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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2022 May 20. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2021.0308. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

The use of digital technology for educational and recreational purposes among adolescents has drastically increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the prolonged isolation and excessive screen time of the social media platforms might lead to mental health issues, particularly the fear of missing out (FOMO). Thus, this study is aimed at exploring the adolescent’s screen time and its contribution to FOMO. This study employed a qualitative method using semi-structured interviews with 30 selected adolescents. The data were collected during the third peak of the pandemic period in Malaysia, between the 11th of April 2021 and the 1st of July 2021. The results revealed that there were four issues related to the FOMO: loneliness, life satisfaction, self-disclosures, and social comparison. In short, self-regulation and awareness on the effects of long screen time need to be instilled among the adolescents during the pandemic. Also, it is pivotal to address the psychological needs, such as healthy social interactions in ensuring the adolescents are not inclined toward FOMO.

PMID:35594262 | DOI:10.1089/cyber.2021.0308