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Selfitis Behavior: Assessing the Italian Version of the Selfitis Behavior Scale and Its Mediating Role in the Relationship of Dark Traits with Social Media Addiction

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Department of Economics, Management and Territory, University of Foggia, 71121 Foggia, Italy
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Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, UK
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Department of Humanities, University of Foggia, 71121 Foggia, Italy
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Department of Educational Sciences, Psychology, Communication, University of Bari, 70121 Bari, Italy
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Department of Cultures, Education and Society, University of Calabria, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(16), 5738; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165738
Received: 20 June 2020 / Revised: 26 July 2020 / Accepted: 5 August 2020 / Published: 8 August 2020
Research on selfie-related behavior has recently flourished. The present study expands theoretical and empirical work on phenomenon by assessing the psychometric properties of the Selfitis Behavior Scale among an Italian sample and by examining its unexplored mediating role in the relationships between dark triad traits and social media addiction. A total of 490 participants (53.1% females) completed a self-report survey including socio-demographics, the Selfitis Behavior Scale (SBS), the Short Dark Triad Scale (SD3), and the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS). Results showed the SBS had a five-factor structure with good psychometrics properties in terms of reliability coefficients and measurement invariance across gender. In addition, findings from the path model supported the mediating role of selfitis behavior in the relationships of narcissism and psychopathy with social media addiction. Machiavellianism was found to be unrelated to selfitis behavior and social media addiction. The model shed light into the previous inconsistent findings on the associations between dark triad traits and social media addiction by taking into account the key role of selfitis behavior as an underlying mechanism. The findings may explain individual differences in personality traits associated with co-dependence (i.e., the combination of the dependence on self and others and social media addiction). View Full-Text
Keywords: selfitis behavior; social media addiction; Machiavellianism; narcissism; psychopathy; dark personality traits selfitis behavior; social media addiction; Machiavellianism; narcissism; psychopathy; dark personality traits
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Monacis, L.; Griffiths, M.D.; Limone, P.; Sinatra, M.; Servidio, R. Selfitis Behavior: Assessing the Italian Version of the Selfitis Behavior Scale and Its Mediating Role in the Relationship of Dark Traits with Social Media Addiction. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5738. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165738

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Monacis L, Griffiths MD, Limone P, Sinatra M, Servidio R. Selfitis Behavior: Assessing the Italian Version of the Selfitis Behavior Scale and Its Mediating Role in the Relationship of Dark Traits with Social Media Addiction. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(16):5738. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165738

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Monacis, Lucia, Mark D. Griffiths, Pierpaolo Limone, Maria Sinatra, and Rocco Servidio. 2020. "Selfitis Behavior: Assessing the Italian Version of the Selfitis Behavior Scale and Its Mediating Role in the Relationship of Dark Traits with Social Media Addiction" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 16: 5738. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165738

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