The Big Five, self-esteem, and narcissism as predictors of the topics people write about in Facebook status updates

Marshall, Tara C.; Lefringhausen, Katharina and Ferenczi, Nelli. 2015. The Big Five, self-esteem, and narcissism as predictors of the topics people write about in Facebook status updates. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, pp. 35-40. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

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Status updates are one of the most popular features of Facebook, but few studies have examined the traits and motives that influence the topics that people choose to update about. In this study, 555 Facebook users completed measures of the Big Five, self-esteem, narcissism, motives for using Facebook, and frequency of updating about a range of topics. Results revealed that extraverts more frequently updated about their social activities and everyday life, which was motivated by their use of Facebook to communicate and connect with others. People high in openness were more likely to update about intellectual topics, consistent with their use of Facebook for sharing information. Participants who were low in self-esteem were more likely to update about romantic partners, whereas those who were high in conscientiousness were more likely to update about their children. Narcissists’ use of Facebook for attention-seeking and validation explained their greater likelihood of updating about their accomplishments and their diet and exercise routine. Furthermore, narcissists’ tendency to update about their accomplishments explained the greater number of likes and comments that they reported receiving to their updates.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.04.039

Keywords:

Facebook; Social networking; Social media; Status updates; Big five; Self-esteem; Narcissism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 October 2015Published
15 May 2015Published Online
21 April 2015Accepted

Item ID:

18922

Date Deposited:

13 Sep 2016 17:00

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 14:53

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18922

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