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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Karen Kochel


The purpose of this study aimed to discover the mediation effects of fear of missing out (FoMO) on the association of depressive symptoms on overall social media use. We recruited a sample of 83 participants from a small, liberal arts university. Participants responded to standardized measures of depressive symptoms, frequency of social media use, and FoMO. Results of this study demonstrated that FoMO was a significant mediator between the positive association of depressive symptoms on social media use. Findings from this study suggest that FoMO may be a more revelatory measure on social media use and is associated with negative psychological outcomes.