Fear of Missing out, Attachment Styles and Social Media Addiction in University Students

Qindeel Hayat (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Afreen Komal

The purpose of the study was to find out fear of missing out, attachment styles and social media addiction in university students.The sample was selected by using non-probability purposive sampling technique and consisted of 120 students N = 120 (60 girls and 60 boys) from the public and private universities of Lahore. Data was collected using Fear of Missing out Scale (Przybylski et al., 2013), Revised Adult Attachment Scale (Collins, 1996) and Social Media Addiction Scale (Cengiz Sahin, 2013). The results of correlation analysis showed that there is significant positive relation between fear of missing out and social media addiction while significant negative relation between depend attachment style and social media addiction. Results of independent sample t-test showed no significant gender differences among fear of missing out, attachment styles and social media addiction while fear of missing out and social media addiction had significant family system differences. The results of hierarchical regression analysis showed that fear of missing out and attachment styles were significant predictors of social media addiction. So, this research concluded that students are addicted to social media to know about everything what is happening around them and they are not a part of it.

Keywords: Fear of missing out, attachment styles, social media addiction.

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