Relationship between college students’ fear of missing and Wechat addiction: a cross-lagged analysis
HU Rongting1, ZHANG Bin1, YANG Ying1, MAO Huili2, PENG Yu1, XIONG Sicheng1
1. Department of Psychology, School of Humanities and Management, Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Changsha 410208, Hunan Province, China; 2. Mental Health Education Center, Changsha University, Changsha 410022, Hunan Province, China
AbstractObjective To explore the relationship between college students’ fear of missing and Wechat addiction. Methods A total of 442 college students from 3 universities in Hunan Province were investigated with fear of missing scale and Wechat addiction scale for 3 months in 2 stages. Mplus 7.4 was used for cross-lagged regression analysis. Results There was a significant positive correlation between college students’fear of missing and Wechat addiction（pre-test: r=0.321, P<0.01; post-test: r=0.374, P<0.01）. College students’ initial fear of missing could predict Wechat addictionarfter 3 months（β=0.422, P<0.001）, but the initial Wechat addiction could not predict fear of missing after 3 months（β=0.058, P>0.05）. Conclusion Fear of missing is the cause of Wechat addiction, not the result of Wechat addiction.