Original article published by The NewDaily by John Stapleton November 8th, 2015

Teens worry they’re missing out on events, friends’ in-jokes and showing they’re having fun on social media.
More than half of all teenagers 17 years and under access social media 15 minutes before going to bed, every day of the week, and are reporting significant difficulties relaxing or sleeping as a result.

Video: The Fear Of Missing Out

As well, 37 per cent access it within 15 minutes of waking up. One in four Australian teenagers use social media while having breakfast and lunch.

The fifth annual National Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey by Psychology Australia, released this week, has looked at the impacts of social media for the first time.

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The survey found that the less time teenagers spend on social media, the less likely they are to feel burnt out by it.

The phenomenon known as FOMO (the fear of missing out) is far more common amongst heavy than light users of social media. A classic example is someone happily at home watching television when they check Facebook, only to see images of their friends out clubbing and instantly feel like they are missing out.

Study’s Key Findings

  • 66 per cent of the teenagers wanted to share details online when they were having a good time
  • 60 per cent said they felt worried when they found out their friends were having fun without them
  • 51 per cent said they felt anxious if they did not know what their friends were doing
  • 78 per cent said it was important that they understood their friends’ “in jokes”

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