Relationship Between Fear of Missing Out and Academic Performance Among Omani University Students: A Descriptive Correlation Study: A descriptive correlation study

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Objectives: Smartphones and their applications play a key role in social connections, emotion expression, information transmission, and human achievements. However, the unfavorable side of such devices can lead users to develop a fear of missing out (FOMmO) on what is happening around them, which may provoke adverse health, social, and academic conditions. We sought to investigate the extent of FOMmO among undergraduate students in Oman and its relation to their academic performance. Methods: We conducted a descriptive, correlational study of a sample of 147 undergraduate students at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. The questionnaire consisted of the FOMmO scale, the participants’ sociodemographic background (such as age, gender, and marital status), and their academic background (grade point average (GPApa), academic year, and history of probation). Results: Aa total of 147 undergraduate students participated in this study; the majority were male (59.2%) and single (95.2%), lived off-campus (55.8%), were in their third or fourth academic year (57.1%), and had a mean GPApa of 75.3%. Aalmost three-quarters reported that they used at least one smartphone, and their main reason for using these devices was for social interaction. Students experienced a moderate level of FOMmO; the mean score of their FOMmO experiences was 28.9. Conclusions: Pprolonged and constant use of smartphones may influence students to rely on them holistically, causing them to think about, follow, and react excessively to the behavior of others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-411
Number of pages8
JournalOman Medical Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Academic performance
  • Smartphone
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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