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Exploring anger as a moderator of narcissism and antisocial behaviour on tinder


March, E and Grieve, R and Wagstaff, D and Slocum, A, Exploring anger as a moderator of narcissism and antisocial behaviour on tinder, Personality and Individual Differences, 161 Article 109961. ISSN 0191-8869 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.109961


In an attempt to address inconsistency in the literature regarding narcissism and online antisocial behaviour, we applied the theory of threatened egotism and aggression to examine whether anger moderates the relationship between narcissism and antisocial behaviour on Tinder. Specifically, we explored anger moderating the relationship between narcissistic subtypes of Grandiose Exhibitionism and Entitlement Exploitative and perpetration of antisocial behaviour (aggression and harassment) on Tinder. Tinder users (N= 1,001; 46.3% men and 53.7% women) with an average age of 22.42 years (SD = 4.31) completed an anonymous online questionnaire. Anger was a significant moderator of all relationships between narcissism and antisocial behaviour. Specifically, at average and high levels of anger there were positive, significant relationships between both facets of narcissism, and aggression and harassment on Tinder. These results indicate that trait narcissism alone may not explain perpetration of antisocial behaviour on Tinder, and to adequately explore this relationship future research should consider the role of threatened egotism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:online dating, Tinder, narcissism, antisocial behaviour
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Personality and individual differences
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Grieve, R (Dr Rachel Grieve)
ID Code:140129
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2020-07-29
Last Modified:2021-02-17

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