Each of the five personality dimensions is assigned content that, depending on the degree of expression, applies or goes into the opposite. There is no right or wrong, it is just a matter of proving a property or not. If, for example, a high value was found for the personality dimension extraversion, certain characteristics are linked to this value. It is the same with a low value. With the help of the scale value, it can be determined for the personality dimension extraversion, for example, whether the test person tends to be more extroverted or introverted. So fine gradations are possible. In the following, the individual personality dimensions will be presented in more detail.
Conscientious people are considered careful and accurate. You are well organized and plan ahead. You have no problem taking responsibility (Sarges, 2013). The opposite are people who start their day without worrying, are spontaneous and work carelessly. They have a reputation for getting closer to the day.
“Compatibility describes behavior that tends to accommodate others, avoid confrontation, adapt and strive for conformity” (Simon, 2006, p. 120). People with a high tolerance value are therefore compassionate, helpful and cooperative. They have the expectation that others will do good and are mostly indulgent in conflicts. The opposite is people who are self-centered and suspicious. They love competition and fight for their opinions and thoughts.
People with a strong openness are curious, eager to learn and like to have new experiences. They love variety and are open to experiments. Less open people are cautious, more conservative and like structure. They feel more comfortable in their familiar surroundings and processes (Simon, 2006).
In order to examine the difference between users and non-users in terms of their personality traits, hypotheses to be tested must be established. The hypotheses can be formulated directed or undirected. This depends on indications of characteristics that can be derived from previous research results.
For the personality dimensions of openness to new experiences, extraversion and neuroticism, based on results from research results from the past, specific hypotheses were formulated.
The personality dimension of openness to new experiences describes people who like to deal with new things and who have fun collecting new experiences and impressions. The sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann describes users of online dating portals as “urban young academics with many social contacts and a lot of leisure activities” (Schuldt, 2013, p. 12). This could be an indication of a connection between the personality dimension of openness to new experiences and the use of online dating portals. The study “Love Online: A Report on Digital Dating in Canada” (Brym and Lenton, 2011) examined the potential of online dating in Canada using a telephone survey and an online survey.