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Student
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Yana Vatsyk
Relation Between Personality Traits and Romantic Relationship Visibility Behavior on Social Network Sites
Applied Social Psychology
(Master’s programme)
2018
One of the most salient features of such social network sites (such as Facebook) is that it has become a key platform through which romantic relationships are played out and made visible. Existing body of literature argues that individual differences, including personality, play significant role in Facebook use in general, but current study investigates an association between particular personality traits (Big 5 and Dark Triad) and romantic relationship visibility behavior on social network sites. Data were collected via online survey (N = 304), sample consisted of Russian speaking adult population. New romantic relationship visibility behavior scale was constructed and validated, eight regression models were estimated for Vkontakte and Facebook in total (multiple linear and binary logistic). People with high level of Extraversion reported tendency to post photos and videos with a partner and link their page to the partner’s profile. Highly Neurotic individuals reported the same tendencies regarding photo/video posting and linking page to a partner’s account. There is a negative association between Opennes to experience and romantic relationship visibility behavior, particularly with such features as visible relationship status and linking page to a partner’s profile. Narcissistic persons reported high level of such online activities as liking, commenting, sharing and reposting of content, related to a partner. Those respondents who have high level of Machiavellianism, reported decreased tendency to photo/video posting, linking page to a partner’s account and setting visible relationship status.

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