Dark triad of personality and problematic smartphone use: a preliminary study on the mediating role of fear of missing out

Servidio, R., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Demetrovics, Z., 2021. Dark triad of personality and problematic smartphone use: a preliminary study on the mediating role of fear of missing out. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (16): 8463. ISSN 1661-7827

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Abstract

The present study examined whether the relationship between the Dark Triad (DT) of personality and problematic smartphone use (PSU) can be explained by the mediating role of fear of missing out (FoMO). The role of FoMO in this relationship has yet to be examined. A total of 457 participants completed an online survey. Results indicated that males scored high on measures assessing DT of personality, while females scored high on PSU. Structural equation modelling showed that narcissism was directly associated with PSU. FoMO partially mediated the association between narcissism and PSU. Machiavellianism and narcissism were directly associated with FoMO. In the fully mediated model, narcissism (but not Machiavellianism) was still associated with FoMO, and in turn, FoMO was related to PSU. Although preliminary, the results of the present study indicated that Machiavellianism and narcissism might represent antecedents of FoMO, in addition to the Big Five personality traits, and both could be involved in the development of PSU.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Creators: Servidio, R., Griffiths, M.D. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 10 August 2021
Volume: 18
Number: 16
ISSN: 1661-7827
Identifiers:
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10.3390/ijerph18168463DOI
1456617Other
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 11 Aug 2021 12:21
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 12:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43905

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