The relationship between personality traits and social media use

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Nihan Özgüven
Burcu Mucan
Cite this article:  Özgüven, N., & Mucan, B. (2013). The relationship between personality traits and social media use. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(3), 517-528.


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In this study, we investigated the relationship between social media and users’ personality factors. We used a questionnaire comprising the five-factor model of personality (McCrae & Costa, 1987), a life satisfaction scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985) and a social media marketing activities scale (Kim & Ko, 2011) to collect data from 503 Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences students. The results show that 2 personality traits (namely, conscientiousness and openness to experience), 2 demographic attributes (namely, education and income level) and life satisfaction are significant predictors of social media use. The relationships with the other factors explored were not significant.

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