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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study

FOMO-Fueled Instagram Addiction in Adolescents of Jakarta: An Exploration of the Fear of Missing Out Phenomenon

  • Open or CloseGumelar G* and Maulana H

    Department of Psychology, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia

    *Corresponding author:Gumelar G, Department of Psychology, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia

Submission: January 18, 2023;Published: March 2, 2023

DOI: 10.31031/PPRS.2023.06.000640

ISSN: 2639-0612
Volume6 Issue3


Instagram, as a social media platform, has been associated with increased levels of FOMO due to its emphasis on sharing personal experiences and achievements. Additionally, research shows that FOMO can lead to excessive engagement with Instagram, including constantly checking for updates, obsessively scrolling through feeds, and feeling anxious or irritable when unable to access the platform. This excessive use can lead to negative consequences such as decreased productivity, poor sleep quality, and difficulty forming and maintaining relationships. This study examines the relationship between Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and Instagram addiction in adolescents in Jakarta. Using quantitative research methods, the study surveyed 211 adolescents aged 11-24 using the Fear of Missing Out Scale (FOMOS) and the Social Media Addiction Scale-Student Form (SMAS-SF). Results indicate a significant positive correlation between FOMO and Instagram addiction, with 29.2% of addiction being influenced by FOMO. Overall, the correlation between FOMO and Instagram addiction highlights the potential negative impacts of social media on mental well-being. It is important for individuals to be aware of their own levels of FOMO and to take steps to manage it, such as setting limits on social media use or engaging in activities that reduce feelings of insecurity and anxiety.

Keywords:Fear of missing out; Social media instagram addiction; Adolescents

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