WiFi fails, Internet addiction provokes the worst

Do you get frustrated and angry when your WiFi connection stops working? It could be because of your personality. When digital technology stops working, people with a fear of missing out (FOMO) — the anxiety that you’re missing a social experience others might be having while you’re not online — or an internet addiction have more extreme reactions, according to a new study in Heliyon.

The researchers psychologists Dr. Lee Hadlington and Dr. Mark Scase from De Montfort University in the UK, study 630 participants aged 18-68 completed an online questionnaire. In which they self-reported their responses to failures in digital technology, fear of missing out, internet addiction and answered questions that scored them on the BIG-5 personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness and neuroticism show that certain personality traits directly influence people’s responses to failures in digital technology: people who were seen as being more neurotic and extroverted had more extreme reactions to failures in digital technology.

“The more we use our telecommunication products, the more we get attached to them, so when they don’t work, we tend to just go a little bit ‘crazy’ or just switch off and stop doing things altogether,” said Dr. Hadlington. “But there are things people can do when technology fails to make their lives a lot easier — extreme reactions only make things worse!”

News Source: (https://www.sciencedaily.com)

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Post time: Nov-24-2018
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