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An Exploration of Fetish Social Networks and Communities.

Fay, D., Haddadi, H., Seto, M.C., Wang, H. and Kling, C., 2016. An Exploration of Fetish Social Networks and Communities. In: Advances in Network Science: Proceedings of the12th International Conference and School, NetSci-X, 11-13 January 2016, Wroclaw, Poland, 195 - 204.

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Online Social Networks (OSNs) provide a venue for virtual interactions and relationships between individuals. In some communities, OSNs also facilitate arranging offline meetings and relationships. FetLife, the world’s largest anonymous social network for the BDSM, fetish and kink communities, provides a unique example of an OSN that serves as an interaction space, community organizing tool, and sexual market. In this paper, we present a first look at the characteristics of European members of Fetlife, comprising 504,416 individual nodes with 1,912,196 connections. We looked at user characteristics in terms of gender, sexual orientation, and preferred role. We further examined the homophilic communities and find that women in particular are far more platonically involved on the site than straight males. Our results suggest there are important differences between the FetLife community and conventional OSNs.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:24560
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:31 Aug 2016 11:03
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