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Forming connections in the digital era: tinder, a new tool in young Australian intimate life


Newett, LJ and Churchill, B and Robards, BJ, Forming connections in the digital era: tinder, a new tool in young Australian intimate life, Journal of Sociology, 54, (3) pp. 346-361. ISSN 1440-7833 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783317728584


Tinder is a location-based smartphone application used by young adults. Advertised as a popular and unique way to forge connections, Tinder's introduction into intimate life is indicative of increased information and communication technology (ICT) usage within this sphere. While the impact of ICT use within intimate life has been debated, little sociological research has investigated Tinder within this context. This article draws on data from a small scale exploratory study, including surveys (n = 203) and interviews (n = 10), examining the use of Tinder by young Australians (aged 18 to 30) and how use contributes to intimate outcomes. While survey results provide insight regarding engagement with Tinder and its use in intimate life, two key themes - (1) Tinder's use as an additional tool in intimate life and (2) its perceived impact on connection quality' - demonstrate Tinder's role in intimate outcomes. Findings support Jurgenson's depiction of today's societies as ones characterised by augmented reality rather than digital dualism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:augmented reality, dating, digital dualism, digital technology, interpersonal relations, intimacy, relationships, sex, Tinder, youth culture
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Anthropology of development
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Newett, LJ (Miss Lyndsay Newett)
UTAS Author:Churchill, B (Mr Brendan Churchill)
UTAS Author:Robards, BJ (Dr Brady Robards)
ID Code:151554
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2022-08-01
Last Modified:2022-08-01

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