Talkin' Bout My Generation: The Utility of Different Age Cohorts to Predict Antisocial Behaviour on Social Media

Branson, Molly and March, Evita and Marrington, Jessica Z. (2022) Talkin' Bout My Generation: The Utility of Different Age Cohorts to Predict Antisocial Behaviour on Social Media. In: Social Media and Technology Across the Lifespan. Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 27-42. ISBN 9783030990480


Abstract

Experiencing antisocial online behaviour such as cyberbullying and internet trolling is associated with a range of negative psychological and physical outcomes. To understand why people are motivated to engage in antisocial online behaviour, researchers have explored a variety of individual differences including traits, motivations, and cognitions. In the current study, we adopted developmental frameworks to explore antisocial use of social media across different age cohorts. Participants (N = 665, 51% female) with an average age of 28 years (SD = 8.86) completed an online questionnaire assessing antisocial use of social media. Adopting previous guidelines, participants were categorised as emerging adults (aged 18–25 years; 50%), adults (aged 26–44 years; 42%), and middle age (aged 45–59 years; 8%). A one-way ANOVA showed a statistically significant effect of age cohort on antisocial use; however, contrary to expectations, adults reported higher antisocial use of social media compared to emerging adults and middle-aged adults. There was no statistically significant difference between emerging adults and middle-aged adults. Results are discussed through the lens of Erikson’s psychosocial theory and Social Convoy Model and recommendations are provided to manage and prevent perpetration of antisocial online behaviour.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2022 23:46
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: online behaviour; social media; cyberbullying; internet trolling
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520199 Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520503 Personality and individual differences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2201 Communication technologies, systems and services > 220103 Mobile technologies and communications
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99049-7_3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50538

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