Who's Posting Facebook Faux Pas? A Cross-Cultural Examination of Personality Differences

13 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Katherine Karl

Marshall University

Joy Peluchette

University of Southern Indiana

Christopher Schlaegel

Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg


This study examines culture and personality differences in student reports of the likelihood that they would post various types of information on their Facebook profiles. As predicted those high on conscientiousness, agreeableness, and emotional stability proved significantly less likely to report posting problematic content (e.g., substance abuse, sexual content) on their profile. Those who scored high on Compulsive Internet Use indicated a greater likelihood to post such profile information. Consistent with our expectations, our cross-cultural analysis revealed that US students were more inclined than German students to post problematic information to their Facebook site. Implications of these results and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Karl, Katherine and Peluchette, Joy and Schl├Ągel, Christopher, Who's Posting Facebook Faux Pas? A Cross-Cultural Examination of Personality Differences. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 174-186, June 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1611967 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2010.00499.x

Katherine Karl (Contact Author)

Marshall University ( email )

Huntington, WV 25755-2300
United States

Joy Peluchette

University of Southern Indiana ( email )

8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712
United States

Christopher Schl├Ągel

Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg ( email )

Universitaetsplatz 2
Magdeburg, 39016

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