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ABSTRACT. I develop a conceptual framework based on a systematic and comprehensive literature review on the relationship between geolocation-based phone dating apps, digital intimacies, and social matching systems in the online sexual marketplace. Building my argument by drawing on data collected from Pew Research Center, I performed analyses and made estimates regarding % of U.S. adults who personally know someone who has been in a long-term relationship or married someone they met through an online dating site or app and among teens who have met a partner or hookup online, the site(s) on which they met (# of mentions). The data for this research were gathered via an online survey questionnaire and were analyzed through structural equation modeling on a sample of 4,200 respondents.

Keywords: geolocation-based phone dating app; digital intimacy; sexual marketplace

How to cite: Groener, Martin (2019). “Geolocation-based Phone Dating Apps, Digital Intimacies, and Social Matching Systems in the Online Sexual Marketplace,” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 9(2): 85–91. doi:10.22381/JRGS9220199

Received 22 June 2019 • Received in revised form 4 December 2019
Accepted 6 December 2019 • Available online 15 December 2019

Martin Groener
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The Center for Innovative Data-driven Smart
Urban Ecosystems at AAER, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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