It's time to stop viewing dating apps as a risk, experts report | 11/29/2019 | Staff
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Australians using online dating apps understand the risks involved and are sharing new skills for pursuing safe interactions, an Australia-wide report has found.

The "Safety, Risk and Wellbeing on Dating Apps' Australian Research Council Linkage project—a Swinburne-led collaboration between Family Planning NSW, community health organization ACON Health and the University of Sydney—surveyed app users across Australia.

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"Mainstream consensus on dating apps often associates them with "risky" sex, harassment and bad experiences," says report lead author Professor Kath Albury.

"This project has shown that while app users do recognize risks associated with dating and app use, they also have a range of strategies to help them feel safer and manage their wellbeing."

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Survey and interview data will be shared with sexual health professionals to help support communities in regards to their health. Professor Albury explains these insights give a greater understanding of digital culture.

"App users also have expertise and insights to offer health service providers and educators who want to gain a better understanding of digital culture."

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Surveying and interviewing a wide range of Australians of all sexual identities and genders, the report found:

The most popular apps in Australia are:

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Bumble—among straight women.

Apps are more commonly used to "relieve boredom" and for "chat" than seeking sex or long-term relationships.

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LGBTQ+ users are almost 12 times more likely than non-LGBTQ+ people to discuss safe sex with other users.

Dating app use is interconnected with the use of other social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with participants deliberately connecting (and disconnecting) their dating app use with other social media platforms in...
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