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Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members
Abstract Wikipedia 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.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
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
Conclusion It 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 source Survey responses  +
Doi 10.1089/cpb.2007.0225 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Personality%2Bcharacteristics%2Bof%2BWikipedia%2Bmembers%22  +
Has author Yair Amichai-Hamburger + , Naama Lamdan + , Rinat Madiel + , Tsahi Hayat +
Has domain Psychology +
Has topic Contributor motivation +
Issue 6  +
Month December  +
Pages 679-681  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in CyberPsychology & Behavior +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions This 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.
Revid 10,904  +
Theories The study employes "Real Me" and "Big Five" quesstionnairs for measuring aspects of Wikipedians' personality
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Personality characteristics of Wikipedia members
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cpb.2007.0225?&cookieSet=1  +
Volume 11  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:58  +
Categories Contributor motivation  + , Psychology  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:18  +
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