Hebebci, Bertiz & Alan

The Analysis of the Relationship Between Online Unethical Behaviors and Personality Types

Mustafa Tevfik Hebebci, Necmettin Erbakan University   
Yasemin Bertiz, Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University
Selahattin Alan, Selçuk University



This research analyzed the predictive effect of personality types on online unethical behaviors and the relationship between these two variables. Online unethical behaviors are discussed in terms of gender, educational level, and ethics course experience. The study group of the research conducted in the correlational study model consisted of 269 female and 261 male university students studying at the associate and undergraduate levels. The research data were collected using the Five Factor Personality Scale and the Online Unethical Behavior Scale. Correlation, independent samples t-test, and stepwise regression analysis were used in the data analysis. As a result, agreeableness and conscientiousness personality types were found to predict online unethical behaviors. Further, the correlation analysis results indicated that all personality types except neuroticism had a negative and significant relationship with online unethical behaviors. Additionally, the t-test results suggest a significant relationship between gender and online unethical behaviors. Overall, the study concluded that there was no significant relationship in terms of ethics course experience and educational level. The findings were discussed within the literature framework, and suggestions are given.

Keywords: ethics, unethical behavior, personality types, online unethical behavior

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