54% of people under the age of 30 claim to experience "FOMO", fear of missing out, if they do not check their social media websites, according to a study on CNBC with the FlashGap app. Even when out and spending time with friends, 76% of females and 54% of males check their social media sites at least 10 times. At parties or other scenes with alcohol, 71% of social media users admit that after consuming more than 3 drinks, they regret posting a picture on social networking sites.
Universities are looking into how social networking sites are affecting the way students interact with one another both face-to-face and online. Some believe that social media platforms undermine the importance of interpersonal relationships while others claim that they are simply a way of life for millennials. While the incorporation of social media into daily life continues to increase, some claim that people are becoming more focused with their online lives and less so with one another. Apps like FlashGap, a photo-sharing application, are looking for ways to make their social media sites more relevant to their user's real lives while realizing that social media today is an integral part of people's online lives.