Exploring the role of Egocentrism and Fear of Missing Out on Online Risk Behaviours among Adolescents in South Africa

Popovac, Maša and Hadlington, Lee (2019) Exploring the role of Egocentrism and Fear of Missing Out on Online Risk Behaviours among Adolescents in South Africa. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. ISSN 0267-3843 (Print) 2164-4527 (Online)

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Abstract

The study explored the potential for developmental and social factors to predict adolescent online risk behaviour. Employing a sample of 1184 adolescents aged 12-18 in South Africa, the study examined gender, age, egocentrism (Personal Fable and Imaginary Audience) and Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) on online risk taking. Results showed that all variables were significant predictors of online risk behaviour. Higher Imaginary Audience, higher FoMO and older age emerged as strongest predictors, and males engaged in more online risks. FoMO also correlated significantly with egocentrism constructs. The findings indicate that egocentrism is a relevant developmental construct for understanding adolescent online risk taking along with social factors like FoMO, which can inform more targeted online safety efforts at particular developmental stages.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Egocentrism; imaginary audience; personal fable; fear of missing out; online risks; adolescents; South Africa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: School of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Masa Popovac
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 13:44
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:44
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/367

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