Sensing Sociability: Individual Differences in Young Adults' Conversation, Calling, Texting, and App Use Behaviors in Daily Life
Gabriella M Harari, Sandrine R Mueller, Clemens Stachl, Rui Wang, Weichen Wang, Markus Buehner, Peter J Rentfrow, Andrew T Campbell, Samuel D Gosling
JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2020
Sociability as a disposition describes a tendency to affiliate with others (vs. be alone). Yet, we know relatively little about how much social behavior people engage in during a typical day. One challenge to documenting social behavior tendencies is the broad number of channels over which socializing can occur, both in-person and through digital media. To examine individual differences in everyday social behavior patterns, here we used smartphone-based mobile sensing methods (MSMs) in four studies (total N = 926) to collect real-world data about young adults' social behaviors across four communication channels: conversations, phone calls, text messages, and use of messaging and social media..View full abstract
Awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
The research was supported in part by National Science Foundation (NSF) Award BCS-1520288. We thank Joanne Chung, Elliot Tucker-Drob, Gregory Hixon, Matthias Mehl, and James Pennebaker for their helpful feedback on earlier versions of the work presented in this article. To contribute to a descriptive foundation for research on behavioral sociability patterns, we have shared our data and analytic scripts on the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io/p9rz3/).