I rely on a little help from my friends: The effect of interpersonal and intrapersonal emotion regulation on the relationship between FOMO and problematic internet use

Mal Flack, William Burton, Kim M Caudwell (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Background: This study investigated the role of emotion regulation in relation to the links between fear of missing out (i.e., FOMO) and two components of problematic internet use: problematic social media use and doomscrolling.

Methods: Participants (N = 603, Mage = 30.41, SDage = 7.64; 49.1% male-identifying) completed measures of fear of missing out, intrapersonal and interpersonal emotion regulation, and problematic social media use, and doomscrolling. A parallel mediation model was tested to examine the nature of the associations between fear of missing out, intrapersonal, and interpersonal emotion regulation, in accounting for variance in the outcome measures.

Results: Analyses revealed that the effect of fear of missing out on problematic social media use was fully mediated by both intrapersonal and interpersonal emotion regulation. In contrast, the effect on doomscrolling was fully mediated by intrapersonal emotion regulation only.

Conclusions. Findings clarify the role of emotion regulation in explaining the relationship between fear of missing out and two types of problematic internet use, indicating a need to consider individual differences in emotion regulation in an evolving social media landscape.
Keywords: FOMO, fear of missing out, problematic social media use, PSMU, doomscrolling, emotion regulation, intrapersonal emotion regulation, interpersonal emotion regulation, social media use, problematic internet use  
Original languageEnglish
Article number384
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2024

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