An investigation of Big Five and narrow personality traits in relation to Internet usage

Richard N Landers, John W. Lounsbury

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Abstract

The relationship between Internet usage and the Big Five as well as three narrow personality traits was examined using 117 undergraduates as study participants. Results indicated that total Internet usage was negatively related to three of the Big Five traits - Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Extraversion as well as two narrow traits - Optimism and Work Drive, and positively related to Tough-Mindedness. The results of a hierarchical regression analysis indicated that Work Drive added significantly to Extraversion and Conscientious in the prediction of total Internet usage, producing a multiple correlation of 0.349 (p < 0.01). Results were discussed individually by trait, in terms of broad versus narrow personality traits, and regarding suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-293
Number of pages11
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Big five
  • Broad and narrow traits
  • Internet usage
  • Optimism
  • Tough-mindedness
  • Work drive

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