Talkin' Bout My Generation: The Utility of Different Age Cohorts to Predict Antisocial Behaviour on Social Media

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Branson, Molly, March, Evita and Marrington, Jessica Z.. 2022. "Talkin' Bout My Generation: The Utility of Different Age Cohorts to Predict Antisocial Behaviour on Social Media." Machin, Tanya, Brownlow, Charlotte, Abel, Susan and Gilmour, John (ed.) Social Media and Technology Across the Lifespan. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 27-42
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Talkin' Bout My Generation: The Utility of Different Age Cohorts to Predict Antisocial Behaviour on Social Media

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleSocial Media and Technology Across the Lifespan
AuthorsBranson, Molly (Author), March, Evita (Author) and Marrington, Jessica Z. (Author)
EditorsMachin, Tanya, Brownlow, Charlotte, Abel, Susan and Gilmour, John
Page Range27-42
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology
Number of Pages16
Year2022
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030990480
9783030990497
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99049-7_3
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-99049-7_3
Abstract

Experiencing antisocial online behaviour such as cyberbullying and internet trolling is associated with a range of negative psychological and physical outcomes. To understand why people are motivated to engage in antisocial online behaviour, researchers have explored a variety of individual differences including traits, motivations, and cognitions. In the current study, we adopted developmental frameworks to explore antisocial use of social media across different age cohorts. Participants (N = 665, 51% female) with an average age of 28 years (SD = 8.86) completed an online questionnaire assessing antisocial use of social media. Adopting previous guidelines, participants were categorised as emerging adults (aged 18–25 years; 50%), adults (aged 26–44 years; 42%), and middle age (aged 45–59 years; 8%). A one-way ANOVA showed a statistically significant effect of age cohort on antisocial use; however, contrary to expectations, adults reported higher antisocial use of social media compared to emerging adults and middle-aged adults. There was no statistically significant difference between emerging adults and middle-aged adults. Results are discussed through the lens of Erikson’s psychosocial theory and Social Convoy Model and recommendations are provided to manage and prevent perpetration of antisocial online behaviour.

Keywordsonline behaviour; social media; cyberbullying; internet trolling
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520199. Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
520503. Personality and individual differences
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