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‘Just checking’: vulnerable and grandiose narcissism subtypes as predictors of phubbing


Grieve, R and March, E, Just checking': vulnerable and grandiose narcissism subtypes as predictors of phubbing, Mobile Media & Communication, 9, (2) pp. 195-209. ISSN 2050-1579 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/2050157920942276


"Phubbing" (phone snubbing) refers to a set of behaviors where phone users focus on their mobile phone instead of interacting with their physically proximal companions. Building on existing understanding of problematic phone use, this study examined narcissism subtypes as predictors of phubbing behavior. Participants (n = 250 smartphone users) completed an anonymous online study where they reported their phubbing behaviors and completed measures of vulnerable narcissism, grandiose narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. Analysis was via multiple regression, with vulnerable and grandiose narcissism as predictors; psychopathy and Machiavellianism were also included to account for shared variance with grandiose narcissism. As hypothesized, vulnerable narcissism emerged as a significant predictor in the model, such that higher levels of vulnerable narcissism were associated with more phubbing. In light of previously established negative social outcomes associated with phubbing behaviors, we conclude that although phubbing might help those high in vulnerable narcissism to manage their need for admiration and their contingent self-worth, phubbing may be particularly problematic for these individuals.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dark triad, grandiose narcissism, phubbing, problematic phone use, smartphone, vulnerable narcissism
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:146747
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-09-24
Last Modified:2021-10-28

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