Report: Swiping, stealthing and catfishing: dating and hookup apps in the media

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A report has been released by the Analysis & Policy Observatory outlining a study into the media’s engagement with the effect of online dating, as well as the relationship between crime and dating app usage.

The report makes suggestions to professionals developing health campaigns and resources relating to dating applications:

  • Be aware of the range of digital literacy surrounding the organisation or individual
  • Seek training to build a better understanding of the abilities and uses of dating apps in the specific instance
  • Seek insight into how media discussions may conflate the apps usage with STI transmission with weak evidence.
  • Draw on existing popular media genres when developing content for health campaigns, programs and resources that relate to digital cultures of sex and dating.

Read the full summary and the report here:

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