How Are Personality States Associated with Smartphone Data?

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Smartphones promise great potential for personality science to study people's everyday life behaviours. Even though personality psychologists have become increasingly interested in the study of personality states, associations between smartphone data and personality states have not yet been investigated. This study provides a first step towards understanding how smartphones may be used for behavioural assessment of personality states. We explored the relationships between Big Five personality states and data from smartphone sensors and usage logs. On the basis of the existing literature, we first compiled a set of behavioural and situational indicators, which are potentially related to personality states. We then applied them on an experience sampling data set containing 5748 personality state responses that are self‐assessments of 30 minutes timeframes and corresponding smartphone data. We used machine learning analyses to investigate the predictability of personality states from the set of indicators. The results showed that only for extraversion, smartphone data (specifically, ambient noise level) were informative beyond what could be predicted based on time and day of the week alone. The results point to continuing challenges in realizing the potential of smartphone data for psychological research.

Authors Rüegger, Dominik; Stieger, Mirjam; Nißen, Marcia; Allemand, Mathias; Fleisch, Elgar & Kowatsch, Tobias
Journal or Publication Title European Journal of Personality
Language English
Subjects computer science
information management
social sciences
health sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date October 2020
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 34
Number 5, Special Issue: Behavioral personality science in the age of big data
Page Range 687-713
Publisher DOI 10.1002/per.2309
Official URL https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2309
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
Date Deposited 13 Oct 2020 08:23
Last Modified 05 Nov 2020 14:10
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261212

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Rüegger, Dominik; Stieger, Mirjam; Nißen, Marcia; Allemand, Mathias; Fleisch, Elgar & Kowatsch, Tobias (2020) How Are Personality States Associated with Smartphone Data? European Journal of Personality, 34 (5, Special Issue: Behavioral personality science in the age of big data). 687-713.

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