“Catfishing,” cyberbullying, and coercion: An exploration of the risks associated with dating app use among rural sexual minority males

Carolyn Lauckner, Natalia Truszczynski, Danielle Lambert, Varsha Kottamasu, Saher Meherally, Anne Marie Schipani-McLaughlin, Erica Taylor, Nathan Hansen

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Abstract

This qualitative study (N = 20) examined the online and mobile dating app use of sexual minority males living in non-metropolitan areas. Many participants reported negative experiences while using dating sites or apps. Specifically, they discussed instances of deception or “catfishing,” discrimination, racism, harassment, and sexual coercion (often mentioned in the context of young, sexually inexperienced men). The results indicate that the use of dating apps could pose mental health risks due to such negative and traumatic experiences. Future research should explore the health and mental health impacts of dating app use in order to improve care and services for the sexual minority male population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-306
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • mobile apps
  • non-metropolitan
  • online dating
  • sexual minority males

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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