Half of Aussie teens suffer FOMO on social media

A SURVEY has shown one in two Australian teenagers suffer from the fear of missing out when using social media.

The Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey 2015, released Sunday to coincide with the start of Psychology Week, showed social media use had benefits and negative impacts.

Australian Psychological Society survey spokesman and clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller said about 56% of teenagers reported being heavy social media users. He said they felt benefits of stronger relationships but had higher levels of fear of missing out.

"They report fearing their friends were having more rewarding experiences than them (54%), being worried when they find out their friends are having fun without them (60%), and being bothered when they miss a planned get-together (63%)," Mr Fuller said.

The findings also showed the impact of fear did not stop at adulthood.


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