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The personality divide: do personality traits differentially predict online political engagement?
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Youth & Society)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5214-9921
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Youth & Society (YeS))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8311-0982
2016 (English)In: Social science computer review, ISSN 0894-4393, E-ISSN 1552-8286, Vol. 34, no 3, 259-277 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Personality traits are considered efficient predictors of offline political participation. However, the effects of personality traits on online political engagement have been largely understudied. The main goal of this cross-sectional research (N = 1134, sample of young adults) was to investigate the relationships between personality traits, as measured by the Big Five Inventory, and online political engagement. As dependent variables, we took three dimensions of online political engagement: e-targeted, e-expressive, and e-news. A latent variables structural equation model showed that personality traits directly and indirectly predict modes of online political engagement via the mediation of political attitudes and the proneness to use Internet. On the whole, we found that people open to experience and extraverts take part in online political actions, whereas agreeable and conscientious tend to avoid them. The findings provide insights on the differences between traditional form (i.e. offline) and the new online modes of political engagement by showing that, to some extent, the latter appeal to different personality profiles. In sum online engagement seems to be marked by a personality divide. 

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 34, no 3, 259-277 p.
Keyword [en]
personality; political engagement; Internet; youths
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Psychology Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43926DOI: 10.1177/0894439315582487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43926DiVA: diva2:799019
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Political Socialisation Project
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-03-27 Created: 2015-03-27 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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