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Personality, fear of missing out and problematic internet use and their relationship to subjective well-being

Stead, Holly; Bibby, Peter A.

Authors

Holly Stead

Peter A. Bibby



Abstract

The current research examines how an individual’s personality, their internet use and the extent to which they are inclined to fear ‘missing out’ impacts subjective well-being overall and in terms of emotional, physical, and personal relationship well-being. A total of 495 participants aged 18 to 30 (69% female) completed an online questionnaire via the Qualtrics website that included measures of the Big-5 personality dimensions (openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability), fear of missing out, and problematic internet use. Participants were recruited through posting messages on the Facebook social media site linking to the Qualtrics website. Multiple linear regression and mediation analyses were conducted to examine the relationship between these factors and the measures of subjective well-being. With respect to overall subjective well-being, neither age nor sex were significant predictors. Conscientiousness, extraversion, emotional stability and agreeableness were positively related to overall subjective well-being. Importantly, both fear of missing out and problematic internet use made additional significant negative contributions to overall subjective well-being. Fear of missing out and problematic internet were both negatively correlated with emotional well-being and personal relationships well-being but not physical well-being. Overall, while personality directly impacts subjective well-being both fear of missing out and problematic internet negatively affect subjective well-being above and beyond personality.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2017-11
Journal Computers in Human Behavior
Print ISSN 0747-5632
Electronic ISSN 0747-5632
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 76
Pages 534-540
APA6 Citation Stead, H., & Bibby, P. A. (2017). Personality, fear of missing out and problematic internet use and their relationship to subjective well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, 534-540. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.08.016
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.08.016
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563217304831
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Personality, fear of missing out and problematic internet use and their relationship to subjective well-being; Journal Title: Computers in Human Behavior; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.08.016; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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