Exploring the relationship between personality structure and smartphone usage
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This study aimed to investigate the relationship between personality dispositions and actual and observed behavior expressed through several smartphone apps categories (relying on a built-in function of the smartphone, the app usage from the battery information menu), as well as to investigate the association between personality traits and the number of installed apps per category. The research sample consisted of 341 participants that monitored their app usage. In addition, participants completed measures related to personality structure (Big Five, HEXACO, and the Dark Triad). The findings of the study showed that personality dispositions predicted smartphone apps usage in various categories such as entertainment apps, music apps, gaming apps, business apps, e-health apps, and dating apps. In conclusion, this study showed that actual behavior expressed through various app categories is associated with broad and important personality dimensions. The findings of this research can be useful in integrating actual behavior in psychological research.
KeywordsPersonality structure Smartphone usage App usage Big five
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The authors have no conflicts of interest.
The research was approved by the ethical committee of University of Bucharest.
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