Current Psychology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 128–138 | Cite as

Students’ Wellbeing, Fear of Missing out, and Social Media Engagement for Leisure in Higher Education Learning Environments

  • Dorit AltEmail author


This study was aimed at assessing the assumption that maladjustment to college could lead some toward excessive social media engagement for leisure during class. Moreover, the mediating role of a new phenomenon termed fear of missing out (FoMO) linking maladjustment to college life to social media engagement was examined for the first time. Data were gathered from 290 undergraduate students. Path analysis results showed that the maladjustment to college variable is linked to social media use only insofar as it is linked to FoMO. This study lends credence to previous work by showing the robust mediating role of FoMO in explaining social media use during lectures.


Higher education Social media engagement Fear of missing out Adjustment to college Structural equation modeling 


Compliance with Ethical Standards


This study was not funded.

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kinneret College on the Sea of GalileeJordan ValleyIsrael

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