Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members

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Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members
Authors: Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Naama Lamdan, Rinat Madiel, Tsahi Hayat
Citation: Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society 11 (6): 679-671. 2008 December
Database(s): CiteULike PubMed (PMID/18954273)
DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0225.
Link(s): http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/cpb.2007.0225
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Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members describe a study on the personality of Wikipedia users.

The researchers used the BFI Questionnaire[1] for the assessment of the Big Five personality traits and the Real Me Questionnaire.[2]

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[edit] Subjects

The study recruited 139 subjects via posted links to an online questionnaire. 69 were Wikipedia contributors.

[edit] Results

  1. Wikipedians score higher on "Real Me": "it indicates that Wikipedia members feel more comfortable expressing themselves on the net than they do off-line
  2. Wikipedians score lower on agreeableness
  3. Wikipedians score higher on openness
  4. There were interaction effects:
    1. Male Wikipedians scored lower, while female Wikipedians higher than non-Wikipedians on conscientiousness.
    2. Female Wikipedias are more introvert while male are (slight more or equal) extrovert compared to non-Wikipedias.

[edit] Related papers

  1. Cultural differences in collaborative authoring of Wikipedia

[edit] Critique

  1. The authors refer to Wikipedia contributors as "Wikipedia members". What are the member of?
  2. The demographics of the subjects is not described. Are they English or Hebrew speaking? Where where the recruitment posting posted to?
  3. Given that the questionnaire is online one could or wished for a larger number of subjects.
  4. The sentence on openness trait in the results description is confusing.

[edit] References

  1. The Big Five Inventory
  2. Relationship formation on the Internet: what's the big attraction?
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