The association between problematic social networking site use, dark triad traits, and emotion dysregulation

Hussain, Z. ORCID: 0000-0002-7678-6615, Wegmann, E. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2021. The association between problematic social networking site use, dark triad traits, and emotion dysregulation. BMC Psychology, 9 (1): 160. ISSN 2050-7283

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Abstract

Background: Social networking sites (SNSs) allow people to socially connect with each other, collaborate, and share information. However, problematic SNS use (PSNSU) may be associated with negative personality traits. The present study investigated the associations between PSNSU, dark triad personality traits, and emotion dysregulation.

Method: In the present study, 555 SNS users (Mage = 33.32 years, SD = 10.88) completed an online survey comprising measures of PSNSU, dark triad personality traits, and emotion dysregulation.

Results: Bivariate correlations showed that PSNSU was significantly associated with dark triad traits as well as emotion dysregulation. Structural equation modelling (where the effect of the dark triad traits on PSNSU was mediated by emotion dysregulation) showed that 33.5% of the variance of PSNSU was explained by Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism.

Conclusion: The findings provide suggestive evidence of why PSNSU may occur as a function of the presence of dark triad traits and emotion dysregulation. The study also highlighted the important role that emotion regulation plays in the association between dark triad traits and PSNSU.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: BMC Psychology
Creators: Hussain, Z., Wegmann, E. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 18 October 2021
Volume: 9
Number: 1
ISSN: 2050-7283
Identifiers:
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10.1186/s40359-021-00668-6DOI
1480160Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 20 Oct 2021 15:04
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 15:04
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44481

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