Personality onlineHave you ever considered whether the personality you’ve developed and curated online is any different from the personality you have in reality? And how does our online personality play into how you behave online?



Believe it or not research has been conducted around this exact topic, and has found there are five personality traits that lend themselves to certain online behaviors. Check it out below:

1. Neoroticism 

Defined as: anxiety, anger, depression and distress

Typically those who have this type of online personality use online services such as blogs and Facebook more frequently.

2. Introversion

Defined as: highly deliberate, enjoy spending time alone and reserved

Typically, the individuals become less introverted online, perhaps it’s the distance of computer-mediated communication which helps them to overcome their social inhibitions.

3. Conscientiousness

Defined as: organized, disciplined and well behaved

Typically, Internet users with type of personality go online for information.  Also, Internet addiction is low with conscientious people

4. Agreeableness

Defined as: friendly and cooperative

Individuals experience higher tendencies of altruistic behavior online, as a result of seeking social harmony.

5. Openness for experience

Defined as: curious, appreciation for artistic endeavors and alternate ideas

This last group is typical for early adopters, those who are utilizing the internet to gain insights and active on social media and blogs

Which online personality best defines you? Use the comment box below to tell us!


Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (200 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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