Researchers from Binghamton University, State University of New York in the US collected data from nearly 300 college-aged students.
"There has been plenty of research on how the interaction of certain personality traits affects addiction to things like alcohol and drugs," said Isaac Vaghefi, assistant professor at Binghamton University.
"We wanted to apply a similar framework to social networking addiction," Vaghefi said.
"It's a complex and complicated topic.
You can't have a simplistic approach," said Vaghefi.
Researchers found that neuroticism - the extent to which people experience negative emotions such as stress and anxiety - seemed to increase the likelihood of developing an addiction to social network sites.
Since someone can simultaneously be highly neurotic and conscientious, researchers found that even if someone is able to practice self-discipline and regularly persists at achieving goals, the fact that they may also be a stressful and anxious person often overrides the perceived control they may have over social network use.
Researchers found that agreeableness alone, the degree to which someone is friendly, empathetic and helpful, did not have a significant effect on social network addiction - but this changes when combined with conscientiousness.
"An agreeable and friendly person may be making a very conscientious decision to use social networks more in order to interact with their friends, as they make it a deliberate goal to flourish those relationships through the use of social networks," researchers said.
This is unique because this addiction would not be a result of irrationality or a lack of impulse control, as is often associated with addiction. Rather, a person would be developing an addiction through a rational and well-meaning process.
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