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dc.contributor.author Rollings, Kathryn Hyde en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-14T20:48:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-14T20:48:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-14
dc.date.submitted January 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-11133 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/5635
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the current study was to compare bloggers' personalities to the personalities of non-bloggers, and to determine whether it is possible to identify individuals who are more likely to use the Internet in a problematic way. A sample of bloggers (N = 231) and non-bloggers (N = 248) completed a series of online surveys including the Big Five Inventory (BFI), the Online Cognition Survey (OCS), and a questionnaire about general Internet use. I found that bloggers scored significantly higher on the Big Five Trait Openness to Experience than did non-bloggers. Bloggers also reported higher scores of the Distraction subscale of the Online Cognition Scale (OCS). Unexpectedly, Extraversion was positively related to scores on the Distraction and Dependency subscales of the OCS. Individuals who had experienced problems at work due to something written or said online in general or on a blog had lower scores on the Dependency subscale of the OCS, as did individuals who reported meeting an Internet acquaintance in real life. Individuals who reported having experienced interpersonal problems due to something they had done online had lower scores on the distraction subscale of the OCS. Limitations and future directions are discussed, including longitudinal studies and an examination of possible positive outcomes associated with blogging. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ickes, William en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Psychology en_US
dc.title What About Blog? Problematic Internet Use And Personality In Bloggers en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Ickes, William en_US
dc.degree.department Psychology en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. en_US

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