Personality Traits and Social Media Use in 20 Countries: How Personality Relates to Frequency of Social Media Use, Social Media News Use, and Social Media Use for Social Interaction

Homero Gil De Zuniga, Trevor Diehl, Brigitte Huber, James Liu

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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between peoples' personality traits and social media uses with data from 20 societies (N = 21,314). A measure of the "Big Five" personality traits is tested on key social media dimensions: frequency of use, social interaction, and news consumption. Across diverse societies, findings suggest that while extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness are all positive predictors of different types of social media use, emotional stability and openness are negatively related to them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-552
Number of pages13
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • personality traits
  • social media for social interaction
  • social media news use
  • social media use

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