Role of Smart Phone Addiction, Fear of Missing Out on Perceived Competence among Secondary and Intermediate Students


  • Maria Anwar Khan Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, National University of Modern Languages, Multan Campus, Pakistan.
  • Aftab Hussain Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Department of Applied Psychology, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Misbah Batool MPhil Scholar, Department of Applied Psychology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.



Fear of Missing Out, Perceived Competence, Smart Phone Addiction


The main goal of the study was to investigate the effects of SPA (smart-phone-addiction), FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) on PC (perceived competence) among secondary and intermediate students. The sample was comprised of 200 students from Multan's secondary and intermediate levels, their age range was 15 to 18 years old. The purposive sampling technique was used. The measure of smart phone addiction by Kwon et al. (2013) consisted of 10 items, Przybyiski et al. (2013) 10 items FOMO intervention, Ozer et al. (2016) PC (perceived-competence) scale consisting of 40 items were employed. Results indicated that smart phone addiction positively correlated with Fear-of-Missing-Out and had a negative relation with Fear-of-Missing-Out & PC (perceived competence). SPA (Smart-phone-addiction) has a significant impact on the fear of missing out. Smart-phone-addiction has an insignificant impact on perceived competence of cognitive, social and physical subscales through mediating effect of fear of missing out. Smartphone addiction has a significant impact on perceived competence of general self-worth and learning through mediation of fear-of-missing-out.


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How to Cite

Khan , M. A. ., Hussain , A. ., & Batool, M. . (2023). Role of Smart Phone Addiction, Fear of Missing Out on Perceived Competence among Secondary and Intermediate Students. Journal of Professional & Applied Psychology, 4(2), 236–246.