Phubbing: Which Personality Traits Are Prone to Phubbing?

Erzen E., ODACI H., Yeniceri I.

SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPUTER REVIEW, vol.39, no.1, pp.56-69, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0894439319847415
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, FRANCIS, IBZ Online, Aerospace Database, Communication Abstracts, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Index Islamicus, INSPEC, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), Metadex, Political Science Complete, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.56-69
  • Keywords: phubbing, five-factor personality traits, addiction, smartphones
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Smartphones play an important role in our lives thanks to the opportunities they offer in terms of access, interaction, and communication. However, in addition to these positive aspects, smartphones have transformed into objects of dependence due to gaming, social media, and access to the Internet and are beginning to harm the quality of face-to-face communications that take place between different individuals. The current study examined the relationship between Big Five Personality Traits and phubbing. Participants were 545 university students (383((71%)) female, 156((29%)) male, M (age) = 18.84, SD = 1.18) who completed the questionnaire package of the Big Five Personality Inventory and the Phubbing Scale. A hierarchical regression analysis was used with Big Five Personality Traits to explain variance in phubbing. The results showed that neuroticism and conscientiousness were significant predictors of phubbing, which account for 7% of the total variance. In the study, it was determined that the participants consisted of individuals with high levels of income, daily access to the Internet and social media users. Results are discussed in light of the literature.