More podcasts, less neuroticism

A recent study published in the Plos One journal says people who listen to podcasts are less neurotic, more curious and less likely to be addicted to social media.

The study published yesterday surveyed 306 participants from across the globe, recording their personality traits, biological traits and listening habits to determine correlations between podcasts and people.

The Big Five personality traits played a big role in the assessments.

Findings showed that people who listened to podcasts have personalities lower in neuroticism, higher in openness and a need for cognition.

Those who scored high in agreeableness were more likely to form parasocial relationships with the podcast host and consider them something like a friend.

Those who thought fondly of the host were more likely to consume extra content hosted by the same person.

“Parasocial relationships were associated with listening for longer and listening to podcasts by known hosts,” the study found. 

The study also found people who had listened to podcasts has less desire to belong, showing lower likelihood to be addicted to social media.

The most frequently selected categories of podcasts were comedy (48%), games and hobbies (34%), society and culture (23%), music (23%), news and politics (23%), and education (21%).

On average, surveyed podcast listeners had been listening for 3 years, for 3.5 hours per week, and to 3 different podcasts per month.