Why Do Young Adults Develop a Passion for Internet Activities? The Associations among Personality, Revealing "True Self" on the Internet, and Passion for the Internet

Tosun L. P., Lajunen T.

CYBERPSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, vol.12, no.4, pp.401-406, 2009 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/cpb.2009.0006
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.401-406
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study examines the associations of harmonious passion (HP) and obsessive passion (OP) for Internet activities with Eysenckian personality dimensions in a sample of 421 university students. Results show that psychoticism correlates positively with both HP and OP; extroversion correlates positively with HP only; and neuroticism has no correlation with passion for Internet activities. Additionally, the study examines participants' tendency to express their "true self" on the Internet, and the results reveal that this tendency has a positive association with psychoticism, neuroticism, and both types of passion for the Internet. Moreover, the relationship between psychoticism and passion (both harmonious and obsessive) is mediated by the tendency to express true self on the Internet. The results were interpreted from the media dependency perspective.