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Between Bedroom and Chatroom: Young Adults and Digitally Mediated Sexual Practices in Everyday Life
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Digital media afford new forms and possibilities to engage in sexual interaction that hardly accommodate traditional definitions of sex and what is considered ‘normal’ practice. Despite growing anxieties over the increased popularity of digitally mediated sexual practices, especially among the younger generations, there is little available research on the role that these interactions actually play, and the meaning they acquire, in individual sexual lives and selves.

By means of qualitative interviewing, this thesis explores what is like for three particular young adults to engage in digitally mediated sexual practices with known partners. Guided by an embodied and situated view of sex and sexuality (Gagnon and Simon 1973, 1986) and a domestication approach to the study of media uses in everyday life (Silverstone et al. 1992; Morley 2000; Moores 2000), the research examines to what extent the pluralisation of the mundane sexual space (Moores 2012) afforded by digital media interacts with the participants’ lived experience of sexuality.

The study counters widespread assumptions of disembodiment and placelessness in digitally mediated sexual practices, illustrating how these interactions become integrated in pre-existing sexual lives and selves and serve to build and sustain them. The findings further suggest that the absence of physical proximity in the digitally mediated sexual space facilitates more reflective experiences of sexuality that might give rise to new forms of sexual agency and transformative potentialities.     

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 81 p.
Keyword [en]
digital media, digitally mediated sexual practices, sex, sexuality, young adults, domestication, pluralisation of sexual space, embodiment
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-262084DiVA: diva2:852242
Subject / course
Digital Media
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2015-11-23Bibliographically approved

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