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Master of Science


Health Psychology

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Eric G Benotsch


Millions of Americans are currently using smartphone dating applications (apps) to socialize and meet with others. In some cases, app-based conversations lead to sexual interactions. Previous research examining the relationship between the use of dating apps and sexual behaviors has found that individuals who use dating apps and meet with partners from the app are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behaviors such as having multiple partners and inconsistent condom use. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 are the group most likely to be using dating apps compared to other age groups and are a high-risk group for contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). While much research has been done regarding the use of dating apps among men who have sex with men (MSM), the literature on dating app use among other populations is still developing. The purpose of this study is to examine how dating app users differ from non-app users in terms of high-risk sexual behavior and sexual health beliefs related to STI prevention and testing.


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