Psychological predictors of young adults' use of social networking sites

Wilson, Kathryn, Fornasier, Stephanie, & White, Katherine M. (2010) Psychological predictors of young adults' use of social networking sites. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 13(2), pp. 173-177.

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Young people are increasingly using social networking sites (SNSs), like Myspace and Facebook, to engage with others. The use of SNSs can have both positive and negative effects on the individual; however, few research studies identify the types of people who frequent these Internet sites. This study sought to predict young adults’ use of SNSs and addictive tendency towards the use of SNSs from their personality characteristics and levels of self-esteem. University students (N = 201), aged 17 to 24 years, reported their use of SNSs and addictive tendencies for SNSs use, and completed the NEO Five-Factor Personality Inventory 1 and the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory.2 Multiple regression analyses revealed that, as a group, the personality and self-esteem factors significantly predicted both level of SNS use and addictive tendency but did not explain a large amount of variance in either outcome measure. The findings indicated that extraverted and unconscientious individuals reported higher levels of both SNS use and addictive tendencies. Future research should attempt to identify which other psychosocial characteristics explain young people’s level of use and propensity for addictive tendencies for these popular Internet sites.

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ID Code: 31794
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Social Networking Sites, Psychological Predictors, Personality Factors, Frequency of Use, Addictive Tendencies
DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2009.0094
ISSN: 2152-2715
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Copyright Statement: This is a copy of an article published in the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking © 2010 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking} is available online at:
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2010 23:48
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:43

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