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Gender Differences in On-line Sexual Activities and Their Consequences


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Štulhofer, Aleksandar and Urch, Dražen and Marjanović, Bojan and Bauer, Marina and Čupić, Zrinka and Kunej, Ana and Mikac, Una and Mlinarić, Ana and Špoljar, Nikolina and Vojnić Tunić, Ana and Vračević, Tihomir and Vujčić, Maja. (2006). Gender Differences in On-line Sexual Activities and Their Consequences . Društvena istraživanja : časopis za opća društvena pitanja, 15(6). pp. 1029-1045. ISSN 1330-0288

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Current studies, although low in number, point to high prevalence of online sexual activities (OSA) among the younger, educated and professionally accomplished generations. Also, the existing body of research indicates a pattern of gender differences in OSA. In order to find out whether these findings are applicable to Croatia, in 2004 we carried out the first online survey on OSA. The analyses show that men and women differ in several important dimensions: in the amount of time spent in OSA, in the ratio between communicational and consummative motives for OSA, in the relative success of offline contacts, in lying about one's appearance, and in the prevalence of intimate (but not professional) problems caused by OSA. In several important details, our findings do not corroborate the results of two US and a Swedish study. In conclusion, the authors emphasize the need for continuing research on the phenomenology of Internet sexuality. In spite of the methodological shortcomings and limitations typical of online surveys, such studies can provide better understanding of the contemporary, increasingly technologically mediated, sexual meanings, interactions and exchanges.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet; sexual behavior; online sexual activities; gender differences; relationship problems; Croatia
Subjects: Sociology
Departments: Department of Sociology
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2012 15:02

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