College students and inappropriate social media posting: Is it a question of personality or the influence of friends?

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Abstract

The present paper examines the relationship between the Big Five personality traits and inappropriate posting by college students on Facebook and Twitter. In this case, inappropriate posting is defined as posting content that would be viewed negatively by a potential employer. As such, the existing Faux Pas Scale was modified to more closely align with current recruiting literature regarding inappropriate posting behavior. The paper also examines how the posting behavior of close friends affects students beyond their personality traits. One hundred and eighty undergraduate business students completed an online survey capturing their personality traits and posting behaviors. Results indicate that conscientiousness was negatively related to inappropriate posting on Facebook, while none of the Big Five traits was a significant predictor of inappropriate posting on Twitter. The results also indicate that inappropriate posting by close friends is positively related to similar behavior by students on both Facebook and Twitter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109857
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume158
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • Cybervetting
  • Facebook
  • Inappropriate posting
  • Twitter

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