Personality and Healthy Usage of Facebook in University Students

Javeria Akram (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Saima Ghazal, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

A correlational study was conducted to investigate the relationship between personality and facebook age in university students (N = 120). The goal of the present study was to find the relationship between personality and different behaviors of facebook usage (Compensatory use of FB, self-presentation on FB, socializing and seeking sexual partners through FB, FB addiction and FB profile as the virtual self) and to assess that whether they lead  to  healthy  or  unhealthy  usage  of  facebook. Purposive sampling technique was used to collect data. It was hypothesized that personality would explain differences in facebook usage among young adults. Big five Personality Inventory (Goldberg, 1992) and Psycho-Social Aspects of Facebook Use (PSAFU)) (Bodroza & Jovanovic, 2015) were used to assess the relationship between personality facebook Usage. Compensatory use of FB, self-presentation on FB and FB addiction measure potentially maladaptive aspects of FB use. These three factors lead to unhealthy usage of facebook. While, the other two factors, socialization and virtual identity lead to healthy behavior of facebook usage. Results revealed that extroversion explained most of the variance in facebook usage, highlighting that people with extrovert traits use facebook more, no matter healthy or unhealthy way, as extroversion predicted usage among all facebook subscales. Future research could focus on individual traits within extroversion to see precisely the traits that lead to positive usage of facebook, so adolescents can be trained on development of those traits.

Keywords: Personality, facebook usage.

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