Fear of missing out predicts employee information security awareness above personality traits, age, and gender

Abstract

The role of human factors in employee information security awareness (ISA) has garnered increased attention, with many researchers highlighting a potential link between problematic technology use and poorer online safety and security. This study aimed to present additional evidence for this by exploring the relationship between of Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) and ISA in employees. A total of 718 participants completed an online questionnaire that included a measure of FoMO, ISA, as well as the Big Five personality inventory. Participants who reported higher levels of FoMO had lower overall ISA, as well as having poorer knowledge, a more negative attitude, and engaged in riskier behaviors in relation to ISA. FoMO was also demonstrated to be the largest single negative predictor for ISA, above that of age, gender, and the key personality traits tested. The potential reasons for the influence of FoMO over ISA are discussed, as well as the implications for organizational information security.

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Hadlington, L., Binder, J. and Stanulewicz, N. (2020) Fear of missing out predicts employee information security awareness above personality traits, age, and gender. Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking, 23 (7), pp. 459-464

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