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Online Sexual Activities: Gender Differences, Digital Device Use, and the Big Five Personality Traits

Bélanger-Lejars, Véronique LU (2016) PSYP01 20161
Department of Psychology
Abstract (Swedish)
Online sexual activities (OSA) are any sexual behaviours done using the Internet and are divided into non-arousal, partnered-arousal, and solitary-arousal activities. The means of accessing the Internet have extended past the traditional home computer and the rapid evolution of personal digital devices has lead to a lag in the measurement of OSA. There is also little understanding of the underlying psychological factors associated with OSA. The current study’s aim is to develop a new measurement scale that considers the widespread use of personal digital devices, examines gender differences in OSA and identifies the predictive properties of the Big Five personality traits on engagement in the categories of OSA. Results show that the new... (More)
Online sexual activities (OSA) are any sexual behaviours done using the Internet and are divided into non-arousal, partnered-arousal, and solitary-arousal activities. The means of accessing the Internet have extended past the traditional home computer and the rapid evolution of personal digital devices has lead to a lag in the measurement of OSA. There is also little understanding of the underlying psychological factors associated with OSA. The current study’s aim is to develop a new measurement scale that considers the widespread use of personal digital devices, examines gender differences in OSA and identifies the predictive properties of the Big Five personality traits on engagement in the categories of OSA. Results show that the new scale is a reliable measurement of OSA. Women engaged in more partnered-arousal activities whereas men engaged in more solitary-arousal activities. Computer use was the preferred method for OSA overall but smartphone apps were the preferred method for partnered-arousal activities. Personality was significantly predictive for women only where openness was associated with higher engagement in all types of OSA.
Some implications and limitations inviting to further research are provided as OSA is an emerging but rapidly evolving field of investigation. (Less)
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author
Bélanger-Lejars, Véronique LU
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organization
course
PSYP01 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Online sexual activities, Big Five, personal digital devices, smartphone use
language
English
id
8881655
date added to LUP
2016-06-16 09:50:00
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2016-06-16 09:50:00
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  abstract     = {Online sexual activities (OSA) are any sexual behaviours done using the Internet and are divided into non-arousal, partnered-arousal, and solitary-arousal activities. The means of accessing the Internet have extended past the traditional home computer and the rapid evolution of personal digital devices has lead to a lag in the measurement of OSA. There is also little understanding of the underlying psychological factors associated with OSA. The current study’s aim is to develop a new measurement scale that considers the widespread use of personal digital devices, examines gender differences in OSA and identifies the predictive properties of the Big Five personality traits on engagement in the categories of OSA. Results show that the new scale is a reliable measurement of OSA. Women engaged in more partnered-arousal activities whereas men engaged in more solitary-arousal activities. Computer use was the preferred method for OSA overall but smartphone apps were the preferred method for partnered-arousal activities. Personality was significantly predictive for women only where openness was associated with higher engagement in all types of OSA.
Some implications and limitations inviting to further research are provided as OSA is an emerging but rapidly evolving field of investigation.},
  author       = {Bélanger-Lejars, Véronique},
  keyword      = {Online sexual activities,Big Five,personal digital devices,smartphone use},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Online Sexual Activities: Gender Differences, Digital Device Use, and the Big Five Personality Traits},
  year         = {2016},
}