Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members

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Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members
Authors: Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Naama Lamdan, Rinat Madiel, Tsahi Hayat [edit item]
Citation: CyberPsychology & Behavior 11 (6): 679-681. 2008 December.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0225.
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Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members is a publication by Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Naama Lamdan, Rinat Madiel, Tsahi Hayat.


[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia is an online, free access, volunteer-contributed encyclopedia. This article focuses on the Wikipedians' {(Wikipedia} users) personality characteristics, studying Wikipedians' conceptions of {Real-Me} and {BFI} dimensions. To survey these aspects, we posted links to two online web questionnaires; one was targeted at Wikipedians and the second to {non-Wikipedia} users. One hundred and thirty-nine subjects participated in the study, of which 69 were active Wikipedia members. It was found that Wikipedia members locate their real me on the Internet more frequently as compared to {non-Wikipedia} members. Variance analysis revealed significant differences between Wikipedia members and {non-Wikipedia} members in agreeableness, openness, and conscientiousness, which were lower for the Wikipedia members. An interaction was found between Wikipedia membership and gender: introverted women were more likely to be Wikipedia members as compared with extroverted women. The results of this study are discussed with special emphasis on the understanding of the motivators of Wikipedia members.

[edit] Research questions

"This article focuses on the Wikipedians' (Wikipedia users) personality characteristics, studying Wikipedians' conceptions of Real-Me and BFI dimensions. We hypothesized that Wikipedia members are more likely to find their “Real Me” on the Internet, as compared with the other participants and will, therefore, score higher on that measure than the control group. Our second hypothesis was that Wikipedia members will score lower in the extroversion measure. Based on the connection found between introversion and Internet usage, we hypothesized that the net would produce contrary results. No hypothesis was made for the remaining Big Five dimensions."

Research details

Topics: Contributor motivation [edit item]
Domains: Psychology [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "The study employes "Real Me" and "Big Five" quesstionnairs for measuring aspects of Wikipedians' personality" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"It was found that Wikipedia members locate their real me on the Internet more frequently as compared to non-Wikipedia members. Variance analysis revealed significant differences between Wikipedia members and non-Wikipedia members in agreeableness, openness, and conscientiousness, which were lower for the Wikipedia members. An interaction was found between Wikipedia membership and gender: introverted women were more likely to be Wikipediamembers as compared with extroverted women. The results of this study are discussed with special emphasis on the understanding of the motivators of Wikipediamembers."

[edit] Comments

"The findings of this article have been contested in this blog posting (March 2013): http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201303/the-misunderstood-personality-profile-wikipedia-members"


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AbstractWikipedia is an online, free access, volunWikipedia is an online, free access, volunteer-contributed encyclopedia. This article focuses on the Wikipedians' {(Wikipedia} users) personality characteristics, studying Wikipedians' conceptions of {Real-Me} and {BFI} dimensions. To survey these aspects, we posted links to two online web questionnaires; one was targeted at Wikipedians and the second to {non-Wikipedia} users. One hundred and thirty-nine subjects participated in the study, of which 69 were active Wikipedia members. It was found that Wikipedia members locate their real me on the Internet more frequently as compared to {non-Wikipedia} members. Variance analysis revealed significant differences between Wikipedia members and {non-Wikipedia} members in agreeableness, openness, and conscientiousness, which were lower for the Wikipedia members. An interaction was found between Wikipedia membership and gender: introverted women were more likely to be Wikipedia members as compared with extroverted women. The results of this study are discussed with special emphasis on the understanding of the motivators of Wikipedia members.ng of the motivators of Wikipedia members.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsThe findings of this article have been contested in this blog posting (March 2013): http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201303/the-misunderstood-personality-profile-wikipedia-members
ConclusionIt was found that Wikipedia members locateIt was found that Wikipedia members locate their real me on the Internet more frequently as compared to non-Wikipedia members. Variance analysis revealed significant differences between Wikipedia members and non-Wikipedia members in agreeableness, openness, and conscientiousness, which were lower for the Wikipedia members. An interaction was found between Wikipedia membership and gender: introverted women were more likely to be Wikipediamembers as compared with extroverted women. The results of this study are discussed with special emphasis on the understanding of the motivators of Wikipediamembers.ing of the motivators of Wikipediamembers.
Data sourceSurvey responses +
Doi10.1089/cpb.2007.0225 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Personality%2Bcharacteristics%2Bof%2BWikipedia%2Bmembers%22 +
Has authorYair Amichai-Hamburger +, Naama Lamdan +, Rinat Madiel + and Tsahi Hayat +
Has domainPsychology +
Has topicContributor motivation +
Issue6 +
MonthDecember +
Pages679-681 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inCyberPsychology & Behavior +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsThis article focuses on the Wikipedians' (This article focuses on the Wikipedians' (Wikipedia users) personality characteristics, studying Wikipedians' conceptions of Real-Me and BFI dimensions.

We

hypothesized that Wikipedia members are more likely to find their “Real Me” on the Internet, as compared with the other participants and will, therefore, score higher on that measure than the control group. Our second hypothesis was that Wikipedia members will score lower in the extroversion measure. Based on the connection found between introversion and Internet usage, we hypothesized that the net would produce contrary results. No hypothesis was made for the remaining Big Five dimensions.
ade for the remaining Big Five dimensions.
Revid10,904 +
TheoriesThe study employes "Real Me" and "Big Five" quesstionnairs for measuring aspects of Wikipedians' personality
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitlePersonality characteristics of Wikipedia members
Unit of analysisUser +
Urlhttp://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cpb.2007.0225?&cookieSet=1 +
Volume11 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2008 +