The Dark Triad, empathy, and motives to use social media

Anita Sparavec, Evita March, Rachel Grieve

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Abstract

Compared to individual differences in antisocial and prosocial online behavior, less is known about the motivation to behave antisocially or prosocially online. In this exploratory study (N = 239), we examined the Dark Triad (narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy) and empathy (cognitive and affective) as predictors of antisocial and prosocial social media motivations. Women (but not men) with high psychopathy were more motivated to use social media antisocially. Men and women with high narcissism were more motivated to use social media antisocially and prosocially. Lastly, for women (but not men), higher affective empathy and lower cognitive empathy predicted higher prosocial motivations. These results provide valuable information about the nexus between personality and online behavior and are consistent with a Uses and Gratifications approach. Findings offer an important initial contribution to understanding individual differences in the motivation to behave antisocially and prosocially online.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111647
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume194
Early online date19 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Apr 2022

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