A study on Social Media Use, Fear of Missing Out & Social Rejection Sensitivity among Young Adults


  • Saireema Banga


social media use, fear of missing out, social rejection sensitivity, young adults


Social media plays a vital role in shaping the identities through self-reflection and external feedback. Regular social media use can amplify the fear of missing out, exposing individuals to numerous potential social interactions. The fear of missing out (FOMO) is rooted in the desire for novelty and the inherent need for belongingness which can be disrupted by feelings of social exclusion or rejection. Those sensitive to social rejection may anticipate and react strongly to it, aggravating feelings of isolation and loneliness. However, continuous connectivity via social media offers a means to alleviate discomforts associated with social disconnection, rejection, loneliness and isolation by nurturing more profound relationships through continuous connectivity. A total sample of 40 young adults was collected in the age 18 to 30 years. Standardized scales were used. The purpose was to study the relationship of social media use, fear of missing out and social rejection sensitivity. The results found out that there is a positive significant relationship between Social Media Use, Fear of Missing Out and Social Rejection Sensitivity and no gender differences were found. Given that excessive social media use can negatively impact our well-being, promoting a reduction in screen-time is advisable. Redirecting attention towards outdoor activities can offer benefits for both mental and physical health. This shift in focus may help mitigate the adverse effects associated with excessive screen time, such as heightened fear of missing out and sensitivity to social rejection. Fostering face-to-face interactions and cultivating hobbies unrelated to social media can provide alternative sources of fulfilment and connection.