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Web of deceit: Relationships between the dark triad, perceived ability to deceive and cyberloafing

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Lowe-Calverley, EJ ORCID: 0000-0002-0865-2404 and Grieve, RM ORCID: 0000-0002-5211-4179 2017 , 'Web of deceit: Relationships between the dark triad, perceived ability to deceive and cyberloafing' , Cyberpsychology: journal of psychosocial research in cyberspace, vol. 11, no. 2 , doi: 10.5817/CP2017-2-5.

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Abstract

The rapid growth of digitally mediated work means that non-traditional forms of counterproductive workplacebehaviours are emerging, such as cyberloafing: use of the Internet for non-work related purposes. Time lost dueto cyberloafing can have substantial impact on productivity. This research was the first to investigate themechanisms by which dark personality traits and perceived ability to deceive are associated with cyberloafing. Asample of currently or previously employed participants (N = 273), completed measures of psychopathy,Machiavellianism, narcissism, perceived ability to deceive, and cyberloafing. Path analysis was used to evaluatethe model, and revealed good fit. As predicted, PATD mediated the relationships between the Dark Triad andcyberloafing, while psychopathy also related to cyberloafing directly. These findings suggest that in order toreduce cyberloafing, workplace policy should target an individual’s confidence in their ability to evade detectionwhen misusing the Internet. Future research could strengthen the approach taken here by including abehavioural measure of cyberloafing. It is concluded that perceived ability to deceive plays a vital role indetermining the way in which individuals possessing dark personality characteristics engage in technology-basedcounterproductive work behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lowe-Calverley, EJ and Grieve, RM
Keywords: Counterproductive workplace behaviours; cyberloafing; dark triad; Machiavellianism; narcissism; perceived ability to deceive; personal use of the Internet; psychopathy
Journal or Publication Title: Cyberpsychology: journal of psychosocial research in cyberspace
Publisher: Masarykova Univerzita * Fakulta Socialnich Studii
ISSN: 1802-7962
DOI / ID Number: 10.5817/CP2017-2-5
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© 2007-2017 Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace

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