Personality Traits and News Addiction: Mediating Role of Self-Control

Ghulam Ishaq, Rafia Rafique, Muhammad Asif

Abstract


Background: It is common observations that due to advanced technologies such as mobile phones, internet,social media usage and augmented terrorism, people are persuaded towards news. Similarly, engrossment of a certain individual in any domain from politics, sports, global issues, arson or terrorism can also promote news addiction.
Objective: To examine the mediating role of self-control by verifying the role of gender in the dynamic interplay
between conscientiousness, neuroticism and news addiction in young and old adults from main cities (Lahore,
Multan, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi khan, Faisalabad, and Sargodha) only data. Co-relational research design was
employed.
Materials & Methods: Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, Self-control and News addiction, were assessed through
News Addiction1
, Big Five Inventory2
, and 10 Item Self-Scoring Self-control Scale3.
Results: The co-relation matrix revealed that news addiction is negatively co-related with conscientiousness
and positively co-related with neuroticism. Independent sample t-test revealed women are higher on neuroticism
and conscientiousness where as men are higher score on news addiction. Conscientiousness and neuroticism
was significant predictors of news addiction, however they remain significant predictor of news addiction after
self-control was entered in the model as a mediator and controlling the gender as a control variable with dependent
variable. Model fit indices for structured equation mediation model analysis through AMOS provided empirical
support for proposed mediation model.
Conclusion: Personality traits and self-control have explained the variance in news addiction suggesting selfcontrol
a mediator in relationship of personality traits and news addiction. This study makes important contribution
to clinical and counseling psychology by signifying the importance of news addiction i.e. mal-adaptive behavior.
Their mal-adaptive behavior can be improved by guiding them about to self-control pertinent to their personality
trait.

Keywords


News Addiction, Self-control, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, Gender.

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