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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02629

Adult Attachment Styles and Social Networking Site Addiction: The Mediating Effects of Online Social Support and the Fear of Missing Out

  • 1Yangtze Normal University, China
  • 2Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

Evidence supports predictive roles of adult attachment styles for the maintenance of social networking site addiction, but the underlying mechanisms are mostly unknown. Based on attachment theory, this study explored whether online social support and the fear of missing out mediated the relationship between insecure attachment styles and social networking site addiction among 463 college students in China. A questionnaire was used to collect data using the Experience in Close Relationship Scale–Short Form, online social support scale, fear of missing out scale, and Chinese Social Media Addiction Scale. The results showed that online social support and fear of missing out mediated the relationship between anxious attachment and social networking site addiction in parallel paths and serially, and online social support negatively mediated the relationship between avoidant attachment and social networking site addiction. Theoretically, the present study contributes to the field by showing how insecure attachment styles are linked to SNS addiction. Practically, these findings could aid in future studies on SNS addiction prevention and interventions. Limitations of the present study were discussed.

Keywords: Fear of Missing Out (FoMO), adult attachment, anxious attachment, online social support, social networking site addiction

Received: 01 Jun 2019; Accepted: 07 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Liu and Jianling. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Ma Jianling, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing, China, jianling_ma@163.com