iObjectify: self- and other-objectification on Grindr, a geosocial networking application designed for men who have sex with men

Anderson, Joel R, Holland, Elise, Koc, Yasin and Haslam, Nick (2018) iObjectify: self- and other-objectification on Grindr, a geosocial networking application designed for men who have sex with men. European Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 0046-2772

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Abstract

Grindr is a smartphone application for men who have sex with men (MSM). Despite its reputation as a ‘hook-up app’, little is known about its users’ self-presentation strategies and how this relates to objectification - this paper explores objectification on Grindr. The results of Study 1 showed that Grindr users objectified other men more than non-Grindr users. A content analysis of 1400 Grindr profiles in Study 2 showed that profile pictures with objectifying content were related to searching for sexual encounters. Finally, a survey of Grindr users in Study 3 revealed that objectification processes and sexualized profile pictures were related to some objectification-relevant online behaviors (e.g., increased use of Grindr, discussion of HIV status). Interestingly, the presence of body focused profile content was more related to sexual orientation disclosure (not being ‘out’) than to objectification. This paper presents evidence that Grindr usage and online presentation are related to objectification processes.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Yasin Koc
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 15:55
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 12:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71461

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