Self-Presentation, Self-Description, and Partner Preferences on a Social Networking Application for Men Who Have Sex with Men

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“Dude, Where’s Your Face?” Self-Presentation, Self-Description, and Partner Preferences on a Social Networking Application for Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Content Analysis

Sexuality & Culture, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 637-658. 

Abstract

The current study examined the social networking profiles of men who have sex with men on the popular application Jack’d in order to survey how they self-present, as well as how they describe their partner preferences. Using online disinhibition as a theoretical framework, emphasis was on how men frame their own and others’ masculinity/femininity, age, race, and body type or fitness level. Results indicated that men tended to privilege masculinity, to visually present themselves semi-clothed, and to mention fitness or bodies in the text of their profile. Analysis also revealed that more than 1 in 5 men used a face-absent main profile photo. Significant differences were found based upon the race and weight of profile users.

Keywords

Social networking Men who have sex with men Self-presentation Partner selection Online dating Online disinhibition

Author: Brandon Miller