Internet Addiction and Fear of Missing Out: The Gender Difference of Tertiary Students in Ghana

Joseph Kofi Wireko

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The introduction of Smartphones and the rapid development of new technology in recent times have enabled people, especially the youth to remain in contact with their social and professional network continuously. This has resulted in compulsive checking for status updates and messages, for fear of missing out of an event. This constant addiction to checking for information and staying on much longer on the Internet has its downside amongst students on their academic studies. This paper is an empirical study that seeks to examine the disruptive effect of Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), also known as Internet addiction on academic performance of students. A total of 422 of University students were surveyed on their use of Internet access (social media services) and their academic activities. A Likert scale was used to measure the use of Internet access (social media) and its relationship with academic achievement. Chi-square and factor analysis of the self-report data of the social media addiction items was conducted. The results showed that continuous use of Internet had negative effect on students’ academic performances and female students were found to be more at risk than their male counterpart. Tertiary institutions should therefore intensify guidance and counselling sessions for students in order to mitigate the negative effects of use of Internet on students.
TitelGender Gaps and the Social Inclusion Movement in ICT
RedaktørerIdongesit Williams, Olga Millward, Roslyn Layton
Antal sider16
ForlagIGI global
ISBN (Trykt)9781522570684, 9781522586661, 1522570683
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781522570691
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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