ABSTRACT. I draw on a substantial body of theoretical and empirical research on commodifying intimate relationships through geosocial networking mobile apps, and to explore this, I inspected, used, and replicated survey data from Pew Research Center, performing analyses and making estimates regarding % of U.S. adults in each group who have used mobile dating apps, % in each age group who have ever used an online dating site and/or mobile dating app, and % of teens with relationship experience who spend time with a significant other in certain ways. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the data and test the proposed conceptual model.

Keywords: geosocial networking mobile app; data-driven dating; sexual sociality

How to cite: Sion, Grațiela (2019). “Commodifying Intimate Relationships through Geosocial Networking Mobile Apps: Data-driven Dating, Sexual Sociality, and Online Body Objectification,” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 9(2): 78–84. doi:10.22381/JRGS9220198

Received 10 June 2019 • Received in revised form 12 December 2019
Accepted 13 December 2019 • Available online 15 December 2019

Grațiela Sion
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Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania

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