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For a sexual minority male living in a rural community, dating apps can be a useful way to find a potential partner.
But these apps are not without risk. According to a new study from the University of Georgia, sexual minority males, including gay, bisexual and trans-men, are likely to experience catfishing, bullying and coercion when using dating apps. In recent years, dating app use has exploded, especially among sexual minority males — almost 8 in 10 gay men have reported using dating apps, and half of these users use dating apps frequently.
Lauckner and her co-authors conducted 20 interviews with sexual minority males living in the rural South, and a few trends began to emerge from their responses. Catfishing and other forms of deception came up again and again.
More worrying, some respondents who used dating apps as teens reported being sexually coerced by older men, and some respondents also reported occasions of bullying, discrimination and harassment. While these experiences are not unique to sexual minority males, Lauckner notes that this group is at greater risk for adverse health outcomes, so the impact that dating apps can have on their sexual and mental health needs to be better understood.
This study is a first step in understanding the risks associated with using dating apps in rural areas, but its findings suggest to Lauckner that more work needs to be done to promote safety in rural LGBTQ communities. Most Popular Features. More Featured Stories.
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