Who needs privacy? Exploring the relations between need for privacy and personality

Titel in Übersetzung: Wer braucht Privatsphäre? Eine Analyse des Zusammenhangs zwischen dem Privatheitsbedürfnis und der Persönlichkeit

Tobias Dienlin (Korresp. Autor*in), Miriam Metzger

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Abstract

Privacy is defined as a voluntary withdrawal from society. While everyone needs some
14 degree of privacy, we currently know little about who needs how much. In this study, we explored the relations between the need for privacy and personality. Personality was operationalized using the HEXACO personality inventory. Need for privacy was measured in relation to social, psychological, and physical privacy from other individuals (horizontal privacy); need for privacy from government agencies and companies (vertical privacy); as well as need for informational privacy, anonymity, and general privacy (both horizontal and vertical privacy). A sample of 1,550 respondents representative of the U.S. in terms of age, gender, and ethnicity was collected. The results showed several substantial relationships: More extraverted and more agreeable people needed substantially less privacy. People less fair and less altruistic needed more psychological privacy, social privacy, and anonymity, lending some support to the ‘nothing to hide-argument’. Emotionality and conscientiousness showed varied relations with need for privacy. More conservative respondents needed more privacy from the government.
Titel in ÜbersetzungWer braucht Privatsphäre? Eine Analyse des Zusammenhangs zwischen dem Privatheitsbedürfnis und der Persönlichkeit
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Aufsatznummer120402
Seiten (von - bis)1-17
FachzeitschriftCollabra: Psychology
Jahrgang10
Ausgabenummer1
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 3 Juli 2024

ÖFOS 2012

  • 501004 Differentielle Psychologie
  • 508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft

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