Personality and the impact of celebrity endorsements on instagram

Translated title of the contribution: Personality and the impact of celebrity endorsements on instagram

Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Shir Etgar, Hadar Gil-Ad, Michal Levitan-Giat, Gaya Raz

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Celebrities are famous people who often belong to entertainment industry. They are known to have a strong influence on people's behavior. In the digital age this impact has expanded to include the online arena. Celebrities increasingly utilize Instagram, an online social network, to promote commercial products. It is important to learn to what extent people are influenced by this type of promotion and what sort of people are likely to be swayed by it. Research has demonstrated that people's personalities have a strong impact on their behaviors online. However, until now, these investigations have not included the relationship between personality and the degree of celebrity influence through social networks. This study examines how much the personality of a user is related to the degree to which he or she is influenced by these Celebrity Instagram messages. Participants comprised 121 students (34 males, 87 females). They answered questionnaires which focused on their personality and were asked about the degree of influence celebrities exerted upon them through Instagram. Results showed that people who are characterized as being open and having an internal locus of control are more resistant to such celebrity influences. This paper demonstrates that the personality of a recipient is likely to influence the degree of impact that a celebrity endorsement is likely to produce. The implications of these results are discussed.

Translated title of the contributionPersonality and the impact of celebrity endorsements on instagram
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-474
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology, Journal of the Higher School of Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Celebrity endorsements
  • Extroversion
  • Instagram
  • Locus of control
  • Openness to experience
  • Personality


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