Examining the Influence of Extraversion and Neuroticism on a Student’s Facebook Usage.

Submitted as a Psychology HAY100 Practical Report
Word Count: 1638
Author: Michael Cunningham
Year: 2011


The aim of this study was to examine how the personality traits extraversion and neuroticism influenced Facebook usage of a student population. Three hundred and ninety six first year Psychology students from Swinburne University completed the Facebook Questionnaire and the Australian Personality Inventory. The hypothesis that individuals who scored high in neuroticism would spend more time on Facebook than those who scored low in neuroticism was partially supported. The second hypothesis that individuals who scored high in extraversion would have more Facebook friends and belong to more groups than those who scored low in extraversion was also supported with a strong correlation. The current study affirmed the results of previous research which suggests that the personality traits narcissism and extraversion do have a significant influence on students’ Facebook usage.  Future research should expand on the topic and examine more closely how personality influences the way students use Facebook.
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You Need a Slap in the Facebook

Social Consciousness

Some people need to stop posting on Facebook every second thought that happens to knock on their head. No one wants to read it, and I’m suprised people actually want to write it. No, I don’t give a shit what you ate for breakfast, I don’t mind if you inform Facebook every now and then, but every single day? You had cereal for breakfast, or you had an ice cream after dinner, who the fuck cares!? Do you have any idea how many people are reading this? You have over 400 friends, yet you only keep in touch with maybe 5 of them, so why don’t you just delete all your friends but those 5 so we don’t all have to read your shit. Another thing, posting up some poorly written block of words, about cancer or something, then reposting it and encouraging others to do so, is not making any difference, it’s not ‘raising awareness’, we already know that cancer sucks and it kills people. And joining Facebook groups is not the same as donating money to charity, you can’t just click ‘like’ or ‘join group’ and say to yourself ‘ah, well I feel I’ve made a difference today, now to tell everyone what I just did, followed by what I’m going to eat afterwards, and then rant about how my favourite TV show is so awesome, and how I can’t wait to watch it tonight’.