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Materialism and big-five personality traits shaping low-income university students' compulsive online-buying behavior


Burhan, Nik Ahmad Sufian and Keshminder, J. S. and Sabri, Mohamad Fazli and Salleh, Fauzilah and Afthanorhan, Asyraf and Joey, Chan (2022) Materialism and big-five personality traits shaping low-income university students' compulsive online-buying behavior. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, 30 (24). 1931 - 1953. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534


Despite the immense benefits of online shopping in modern societies, it has also generated some concern about addiction among consumers, particularly the unemployed youth from low-income families. Thus, by conducting a path analysis on quantitative survey data of randomly sampled 439 respondents, this study examines the influence of materialistic behavior and the Big-Five personality traits on the compulsive online-buying behavior of university students from low-income families (the B40 income group). Among the five personality traits, an increase in neuroticism scores, openness to experiences, and conscientiousness was observed to raise the level of materialism significantly. Similarly, materialism, neuroticism, and extraversion exhibited a direct positive influence on the compulsive online-buying behavior of the students. These findings reiterate that individuals with higher neuroticism tend to display less self-regulation or emotion control. In contrast, more extroverted individuals tend to be engrossed with the interactive on-screen platform, which cultivates their obsession with online shopping. Importantly, the mediation test showed that materialistic behavior significantly mediates the effects of neuroticism, openness to experience, and conscientiousness on compulsive buying. Overall, our findings projected neuroticism as dominating due to its direct and indirect influence on compulsive online-buying behavior in the path model.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.47836/pjssh.30.4.24
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: B40 income group; Big-five traits; Compulsive buying behavior; Low-income household; Materialism
Depositing User: Ms. Che Wa Zakaria
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2023 23:43
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2023 23:43
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/102140
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