Of the Australians that responded to the FoMO Questionnaire, adults were spending 2.1 hours per day and teens 2.7 hours per day connected to social media. This provides a direct comparison between adults and teens.
Social media is affecting how Australians behave, with 56 per cent of teens reporting they are heavy social media users (connecting 5+ times per day), with 25 per cent being constantly connected.
When we look at the adult population - almost one in four (23%) report being heavy social media users, with 6 per cent of those being constantly connected.
The impact of social media use on Australian’s wellbeing is evident in a range of ways: more than one in two teens (57%) find it difficult to sleep or relax after spending time on social networking sites and 60 per cent feel brain ‘burnout’ from constant connectivity of social media.
Both Australian adults and teens experience Fear of Missing Out (FoMO): one in two teens and one in four adults experience FoMO.
When looking at the relationship between heavy social media use and FoMO, teens are significantly more likely to experience all aspects of FoMO than adults. This suggests that social media has a greater impact on teens and plays a role in their identity formation and their search for a sense of self.