Int. J. of Work Organisation and Emotion   »   2016 Vol.7, No.3



Title: Whether social media use differs across different personality types? Insights for managing human resources


Authors: Akriti Jain; Nitin Gera; P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan


Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Central Research Laboratory, Bharat Electronics Limited, Ghaziabad, India
Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India


Abstract: The present paper explores whether social media usage patterns differ across various personality types. Such an examination is warranted, as social media platforms are growing exponentially and being explored for almost all business functions. The paper is based online survey of working professionals who are pursuing three years master's program in management in India. The questionnaire included Big Five personality scale and eighteen different items to capture the social media usage pattern of the respondents. The findings indicate that extraversion personality traits have positive relationship with time spent on social media, public sharing of information and usage of Facebook, while neuroticism has negative relationship with overall social media use. A significant difference is found between the time spent on social media and frequency of use of social media on mobile phone for different personality categories. The implications of the study for human resource managers in recruitment and training are provided.


Keywords: social media usage; personality types; India; working professionals; recruitment; training; human resource management; HRM; personality traits; Facebook; mobile phones; cell phones; information sharing.


DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2016.10002418


Int. J. of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2016 Vol.7, No.3, pp.241 - 256


Submission date: 30 Mar 2016
Date of acceptance: 24 Oct 2016
Available online: 04 Jan 2017



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