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More than a preference for online social interaction: vulnerable narcissism and phubbing


Grieve, R and Lang, CP and March, E, More than a preference for online social interaction: vulnerable narcissism and phubbing, Personality and Individual Differences, 175 Article 110715. ISSN 0191-8869 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2021.110715


This study was the first to examine whether the relationship between vulnerable narcissism and phubbing (phone snubbing) can be explained by preference for online social interaction. Participants (N = 402) completed measures of narcissistic vulnerability, phubbing, and preference for online social interaction, along with measures of grandiose narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and social anxiety, which were included as covariates in a mediation analysis. As hypothesised, preference for online social interaction mediated the vulnerable narcissism—phubbing relationship, however this effect was only partial, with narcissistic vulnerability still having a significant and positive direct effect on phubbing. These results indicate that phubbing may allow individuals with vulnerable narcissism to meet contingent self-esteem needs—i.e., needs which are more readily managed through the asynchronous and more controllable online environment—but that other aspects of narcissistic vulnerability also drive phubbing behaviours.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:uses and gratifications theory, mobile phone, phone snubbing, phubbing, preference for online social interaction, smartphone, social anxiety, 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:146748
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-09-24
Last Modified:2021-10-26

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