Almost everyone is hooked on social media, but for some people, that use crosses the line into the addiction zone. But if you’re addicted to Twitter or Instagram, you can find solace in the fact that it’s not your fault. Sort of.
A new study shows that a combination of personality traits make people more likely to become addicted to social media. So blame the parents that gave them to you.
The research, out of Binghamton University in New York State, analyzed the self reported data from 300 college students, and connected three personality traits to signs of social networking addiction.
The three traits, neuroticism, conscientiousness, and agreeableness, are part of the five factor personality model, a model commonly used to understand the multiple facets of the human personality.
Neuroticism refers to how likely someone is to be stressed or anxious. They found that these people had a relatively high likelihood of becoming addicted to social media.
Conscientiousness, or the ability to set goals and control your impulses, had a negative impact on a student’s likelihood to get hooked on Snapchat.
But they also looked at the correlation between people with more than one of these personality traits. They found that an anxious, goal-driven person might still get addicted, with the neuroticism overriding the conscientiousness.
Researchers also noticed that agreeableness, or how friendly and happy a person is, doesn’t really impact addiction, but if you add conscientiousness into the mix, the risk of addiction goes up.
The other two personality traits: openness to experience and extraversion, didn’t really play much of a role.