The mobile phone personality

Do you use your mobile phone while you drive? Do you play games on it? Are you addicted to your phone?

The way we use our mobile phones is a reflection of our personalities, says Jim Phillips, a researcher from Australia’s Monash University.

In a study published late last year, Phillips analysed the connection between mobile phone use and personality traits of 112 volunteers.

The results revealed some interesting connections!

Phillips found that people who were less agreeable tended to spend more time playing games on their mobile phones.

In a previous study, he found that people with problem mobile phone use — such as mobile phone addiction — tended to be extroverts with low self-esteem. “These people don’t appear to value what they are doing at a particular time,” he says.

(Phillips, J et al Cyberpsychol Behav 9(6):753-8, 2006.)

from 'EMR and Health' Jun 2007, vol 3 no 1