Saturday, September 20, 2008

Another study on personality as reflected in online behavior

An interesting study, conducted by Laura Buffardi and Keith Campbell from the University of Georgia, reported of various indications on the relationship of personality (i.e., narcissism) and users behavior in their Facebook account. As predicted -- and consistent with the curernt chapter views -- level of narcissism is highly related to various online behaviors, including social relationships, publishing pictures, and more.

Worth reading!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Online behavior indicative of personality?

It seesm that online testing is a rapidly developing field of practice. However, growing research suggests - as postulated in the Chapter - that people's behavior in cyberspace might directly reflect personality characteristics. In other words, online behavior could be exploited to assess personality - perhaps even better (as more authentic behaviors involved) than many personality questionnaires.

See two recently published studies related to this subject:

Schmitt, K. L., Dayanim, S., & Matthias, S. (2008). Personal homepage construction as an expression of social development. Developmental Psychology, 44, 496-506.

Back, M. D., Schmukle, S. C., & Egloff, B. (2008). How extraverted is Inferring personality from e-mail addresses. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1116-1122.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Chapter 6

For those who regularly surf through cyberspace and experience it as a parallel and not unusual social environment – whether this takes the form of online forums, chat rooms, or personal communication through instant messaging (IM) – it is customary to encounter various types and exhibitions of human behavior. Many Internet surfers, in the beginning, are convinced that most other surfers impersonate, lie, cheat, or at the very least attempt to pull your leg; later, however, it occurs to them that this basic premise is generally wrong...

To cite this chapter please use:
Barak, A., & Hen, L. (2008). Exposure in cyberspace as means of enhancing psychological assessment. In A. Barak (Ed.), Psychological aspects of cyberspace: Theory, research, applications (pp. 129-162). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.