Correlation between Fear of Missing out and Night Eating Syndrome among University Students

Mohammed Ghalib Qutishat, Khloud Al Dameery, Omar Al Omari*, Mohammad Al Qadire

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Abstract

Objective: The aim was to explore the relationship between Night Eating Syndrome (NES) and experiencing Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) among college students in Oman. Method: A descriptive, correlational and cross-sectional design was performed on 266 university students studying at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. The data were collected using a demographic questionnaire, Night Eating Syndrome and Fear of Missing Out questionnaires. Data analysis was performed through Pearson correlation, One-way ANOVA and independent t-test using SPSS 24 software Results: The participants’ ages ranged between 18 and 30 years (M = 21.15; SD = 1.97). The majority of the participants were female (204, 76.7%), single (266, 97.7%), and 152 (57.1%) lived on campus Overall, a weak positive and nonsignificant correlation between FoMO and NES and a significant difference between males and females in the mean score of FoMO (P = 0.005) was noticed. The mean score of NES among students who live on campus was higher than for those living off campus (P < 0.05). Conclusion: This study explored a limited aspect of the relationship between fear of missing out and night eating behaviors among university students in Oman. There was no significant direct relationship between both variables. The study needs to be repeated using a larger sample size and more rigorous methods to calculate the number of snacks/day, and the number of meals/day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-229
Number of pages6
JournalIranian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2022

Keywords

  • Fear
  • Night Eating Syndrome
  • Smartphone
  • Social Media
  • University, Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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