RESEARCH ARTICLE

Selfie Behaviors and Personality Traits: More than Meets the Eye

Alexandra M. Mihailescu1 , * Open Modal Authors Info & Affiliations
The Open Psychology Journal 19 Aug 2020 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874350102013010223

Abstract

Background:

Selfies are a rising phenomenon associated with the widespread use of smartphones and social media. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between different personality traits and selfie behaviors.

Methods:

Undergraduate psychology students were asked to complete a questionnaire about their frequency of selfie taking, selfie posting to social media, and selfie sharing through private messaging. They were also asked to complete the Rosenberg 10-item self-esteem scale and the International Personality Item Pool (IPIP)-50 item scale to evaluate the Big Five personality traits.

Results:

A total of 96 participants were included in this study (mean age ± standard deviation of 26.4 ± 9.0 years, 81.3% women). On univariate analysis there was a significant negative correlation between the frequency of selfie taking (Spearman r = -0.228, p = 0.025) or posting (Spearman r = -0.238, p = 0.025) and emotional stability. However, on multivariate linear regression analysis adjusting for age among other factors, only self-esteem was independently and negatively correlated with the frequency of selfie taking (beta = -0.206, p = 0.020) or posting (beta = -0.233, p = 0.020), with the effect most notable in young (<25 years) individuals for selfie taking. Extraversion was independently and positively correlated with the frequency of selfie sharing (beta = 0.264, p = 0.005), with the effect most notable in young (<25 years) women.

Conclusion:

Findings from this study further expand our knowledge of the relationship between different personality traits and rising digital media phenomena.

Keywords: Smartphones, Social media, Big five, Self-esteem, Personality traits, Selfie posting.
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