Journal article

Data cultures of mobile dating and hook-up apps: emerging issues for critical social science research

Journal
Data collection platforms Data protection Mobile technology Online dating Geographic information
Description

Despite their wide adoption and economic importance, mobile dating apps have received little scholarly attention from this perspective – but they are intense sites of data generation, algorithmic processing, and cross-platform data-sharing; bound up with competing cultures of production, exploitation and use. In this paper, we describe the ways various forms of data are incorporated into, and emerge from, hook-up apps’ business logics, socio-technical arrangements, and cultures of use to produce multiple and intersecting data cultures. We propose a multi-layered research agenda for critical and empirical inquiry into this field, and suggest appropriate conceptual and methodological frameworks for exploring the social and political challenges of data cultures.

Publication Details
Volume:
4
DOI:

10.1177/2053951717720950

License type:
CC BY
Issue:
2