Social Media, Dreaming, and Personality: An Online Study

Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2019 Oct;22(10):657-661. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2019.0385. Epub 2019 Oct 3.


Social media consumption plays an important role in everyday life and, thus, one would expect that this topic is reflected in dreams. This online survey included 1,349 participants (763 women, 586 men) completing questions about social media use in waking, percentage of social media dreams, and the Big Five personality dimensions. Social media dreams were quite rare (two percent of all remembered dreams), but their frequency correlated with neuroticism and extraversion-in addition to the amount of time using social media in waking-supporting the hypothesis that social media have a stronger effect on those person's inner life due to the higher importance attached to this channel of communication. For future research it would be of interest to elicit emotions related to social media in waking and the emotional tones of social media dreams to study whether positive and/or negative aspects of waking-life social media use are directly reflected in dreams.

Keywords: dreaming; extroversion; neuroticism; social media use.

MeSH terms

  • Dreams / psychology*
  • Extraversion, Psychological
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuroticism
  • Personality*
  • Social Media*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires