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More than a preference for online social interaction: vulnerable narcissism and phubbing

Grieve, R ORCID: 0000-0002-5211-4179, Lang, CP and March, E 2021 , 'More than a preference for online social interaction: vulnerable narcissism and phubbing' , Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 175 , pp. 1-5 , doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.110715.

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This study was the first to examine whether the relationship between vulnerable narcissism and phubbing (phone snubbing) can be explained by preference for online social interaction. Participants (N = 402) completed measures of narcissistic vulnerability, phubbing, and preference for online social interaction, along with measures of grandiose narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and social anxiety, which were included as covariates in a mediation analysis. As hypothesised, preference for online social interaction mediated the vulnerable narcissism—phubbing relationship, however this effect was only partial, with narcissistic vulnerability still having a significant and positive direct effect on phubbing. These results indicate that phubbing may allow individuals with vulnerable narcissism to meet contingent self-esteem needs—i.e., needs which are more readily managed through the asynchronous and more controllable online environment—but that other aspects of narcissistic vulnerability also drive phubbing behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Grieve, R and Lang, CP and March, E
Keywords: uses and gratifications theory, mobile phone, phone snubbing, phubbing, preference for online social interaction, smartphone, social anxiety, vulnerable narcissism
Journal or Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0191-8869
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.110715
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