Five personality dimensions and their influence on information behaviour

Jannica Heinström

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    Abstract

    This article emphasize the importance of considering psychological mechanisms for a thorough understanding of users of information services. The focal point is the relation between personality and information seeking which is explored through a quantitative analysis of 305 university students' personality traits and information habits. It is shown that information behaviour could be connected to all the personality dimensions tested in the study - neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, competitiveness and conscientiousness. Possible explanations for these relations are discussed. It is concluded that inner traits interact with contextual factors in their final impact on information behaviour.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)
    Number of pages19
    JournalInformation Research
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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