The Dark Tetrad traits and problematic social media use: the mediating role of cyberbullying and cyberstalking

Kircaburun, K., Jonason, P.K. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2018. The Dark Tetrad traits and problematic social media use: the mediating role of cyberbullying and cyberstalking. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, pp. 264-269. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

The Dark Tetrad traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, sadism) are associated with antisocial online behaviors. However, the mediating role of these behaviors between the Dark Tetrad and problematic social media use (PSMU) is unclear. Among a sample of 761 participants, we investigated direct and indirect associations of the Dark Tetrad traits with PSMU via cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and cybertrolling. Multiple mediation analyses demonstrated cyberbullying and cyberstalking fully mediated the relationship between Machiavellianism and PSMU in the total sample and among men. Narcissism was indirectly associated with PSMU via cyberstalking in the total sample and among women. The relationship between sadism and PSMU was fully explained by cyberbullying and cyberstalking in the total sample. Cybertrolling was associated with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, although it was not related to PSMU. We suggest that antisocial online behaviors may provide explanation for the relationship between dark personality traits and PSMU with different behaviors mediating different traits among men and women.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Dark traits & problematic social media use [running head]
Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Creators: Kircaburun, K., Jonason, P.K. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Date: 1 December 2018
Volume: 135
ISSN: 0191-8869
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.034DOI
S019188691830429XPublisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 02 Aug 2018 12:33
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 12:33
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34230

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