Factors affecting phubbing of students in the context of COVID-19


  • Anh Duc Do*
  • Thi Diu Nguyen


fear of COVID-19, fear of missing out, phubbing


This study proposes a structural model of the relationships among fear of COVID-19 (FOC), fear of missing out (FOMO), and phubbing by two factors, communication disturbance (CD) and phone obsession (FO), to explore how these factors affect each other. University students in Vietnam were randomly selected to participate in the study’s questionnaire. In this research, exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was performed to test the validity of the constructs together with analysis of moment structure (AMOS). Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to test the significance of the proposed hypothesis model. Results of the relationships among FOC, FOMO, CD, and FO were revealed. Specifically, FOC and FOMO were found to have a positive impact on phubbing by two factors: CD and FO. Besides, FOC was found to be positively related to FOMO. The research reveals that FOC has the most impact on phubbing, followed by FOMO. From the research results, the study proposes some solutions to reduce phubbing for students and recommendations for their families.



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Author Biographies

Anh Duc Do

National Economics University

Thi Diu Nguyen

National Economics University




Received 15 March 2022; accepted 13 June 2022

How to Cite

Anh Duc Do, & Thi Diu Nguyen. (2022). Factors affecting phubbing of students in the context of COVID-19. The VMOST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 64(3), 27-36. https://doi.org/10.31276/VMOSTJOSSH.64(3).27-36



Sociology, Anthropology, and Ethnology