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Gilroy and co-author Publish Socius Article on Understanding Digital Trace Data and Sexual Identity Disclosures

Posted: 10/8/2021 (CSDE Research)

In late July, CSDE Trainee Connor Gilroy and co-author Ridhi Kashyap (University of Oxford) published the article, “Digital Traces of Sexualities: Understanding the Salience of Sexual Identity through Disclosure on Social Media,” inĀ Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Using a dataset from the Facebook advertising platform of 200 million users, the authors explore the likelihood of users disclosing sexual identity on their profile across age, gender, and relationship status. The authors find differences across generations in the likelihood of expressing sexual identity on their profile, with younger users more likely than older users to disclose their sexuality, and older users substitute this disclosure by including marital status on their profile. For further details about the intersectionality of disclosing sexuality on Facebook, check out the full article HERE.

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