Fear of Missing out, Social Media Engagement, Smartphone Addiction and Distraction: Moderating Role of Self-Help Mobile Apps-based Interventions in the Youth

Bobby Swar, Tahir Hameed

Abstract

Smartphones offer high mobility and internet connectivity at the same time which has led to a substantial increase in the number of active social media users on the move, especially the ‘Millennials’. The excessive use of smartphone has been linked with several issues including mental well-being. Recently, different mobile applications have emerged to help users track their excessive use of smartphones and protect them from potential risks to mental health. This paper uses self-determination theory to examine the moderating role of such mobile applications (or self-help interventions) on inter-relationships between social media engagement, smartphone addiction and smartphone distractions. Survey responses from 284 college students reveal that mobile applications could prove to be quite effective self-help interventions that can help the young people in self-regulating their smartphone use. These results have substantial implications for designing effective mobile app-based interventions to save young people from potential risks to their mental health, productivity, and safety in performing their daily tasks. Future research directions have also been pointed out.

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Swar B. and Hameed T. (2017). Fear of Missing out, Social Media Engagement, Smartphone Addiction and Distraction: Moderating Role of Self-Help Mobile Apps-based Interventions in the Youth . In Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2017) ISBN 978-989-758-213-4, pages 139-146. DOI: 10.5220/0006166501390146


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@conference{healthinf17,
author={Bobby Swar and Tahir Hameed},
title={Fear of Missing out, Social Media Engagement, Smartphone Addiction and Distraction: Moderating Role of Self-Help Mobile Apps-based Interventions in the Youth},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2017)},
year={2017},
pages={139-146},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006166501390146},
isbn={978-989-758-213-4},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2017)
TI - Fear of Missing out, Social Media Engagement, Smartphone Addiction and Distraction: Moderating Role of Self-Help Mobile Apps-based Interventions in the Youth
SN - 978-989-758-213-4
AU - Swar B.
AU - Hameed T.
PY - 2017
SP - 139
EP - 146
DO - 10.5220/0006166501390146