The influence of shyness on the use of Facebook in an undergraduate sample

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2009 Jun;12(3):337-40. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2008.0214.


Researchers have suggested that individual differences will help to determine which online communication tools appeal to and are used by different individuals. With respect to the domain of computer-mediated communication, shyness is a particular personality trait of interest, as forums provide opportunities for social interactions that shy individuals might otherwise avoid. The present study investigated the personality trait of shyness and its relation with certain features of an online communication tool (Facebook). We hypothesized that shyness would be significantly related to the quantity of time spent on Facebook, the number of contacts added to one's Facebook profile, and attitudes toward Facebook. Our findings supported that shyness was significantly positively correlated with the time spent on Facebook and having favorable attitudes toward the social networking site. Furthermore, shyness was significantly negatively correlated with the number of Facebook "Friends.'' Limitations of the present study and suggestions for future research are addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Communication*
  • Friends / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Shyness*
  • Social Support*
  • Software Design*
  • Students / psychology
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult