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Depression and anxiety symptoms are related to problematic smartphone use severity in Chinese young adults: Fear of missing out as a mediator
Elhai,Jon D.1,2,3; Yang,Haibo1; Fang,Jianwen1; Bai,Xuejun1; Hall,Brian J.4,5
2019-04-27
Source PublicationAddictive Behaviors
ISSN18736327 03064603
AbstractIntroduction: Recently studies examined mediating psychological constructs accounting for relations between both depression and anxiety with problematic smartphone use (PSU) severity. The aim of the current study was to analyze the fear of missing out (FOMO) as a possible mediator in these relationships. Method: We recruited 1034 Chinese undergraduate students via a web-based survey that measured smartphone use frequency, PSU, depression, anxiety and FOMO. Results: Structural equation modeling demonstrated that FOMO was significantly related to smartphone use frequency and PSU severity. FOMO significantly mediated relations between anxiety and both smartphone use frequency and PSU severity. FOMO did not account for relations between depression and smartphone use/PSU. Conclusion: This is one of the first studies testing FOMO in relation to PSU severity among Asian participants. FOMO may be an important variable accounting for why some types of psychopathology (e.g., anxiety) are associated with PSU.
KeywordFear of missing out Internet addiction Problematic smartphone use
DOI10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.04.020
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorYang,Haibo
Affiliation1.Academy of Psychology and BehaviorTianjin Normal University,Tianjin,300074,China
2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Toledo,Toledo,43606,United States
3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Toledo,Toledo,43614,United States
4.Global and Community Mental Health Research GroupFaculty of Social SciencesHumanities and Social Sciences BuildingE21-3040University of Macau,Taipa,China
5.Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Baltimore,21205,United States
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Elhai,Jon D.,Yang,Haibo,Fang,Jianwen,et al. Depression and anxiety symptoms are related to problematic smartphone use severity in Chinese young adults: Fear of missing out as a mediator[J]. Addictive Behaviors,2019.
APA Elhai,Jon D.,Yang,Haibo,Fang,Jianwen,Bai,Xuejun,&Hall,Brian J..(2019).Depression and anxiety symptoms are related to problematic smartphone use severity in Chinese young adults: Fear of missing out as a mediator.Addictive Behaviors.
MLA Elhai,Jon D.,et al."Depression and anxiety symptoms are related to problematic smartphone use severity in Chinese young adults: Fear of missing out as a mediator".Addictive Behaviors (2019).
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