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Title: Sexual identity expression on the internet: An empirical study of homosexuals, heterosexuals, and bisexuals in India
Authors: Jain, Garima
Sahni, Sanjeev P.
Sehgal, Neha
Keywords: Internet infidelity
Sexual orientation
Psychological distress
Social isolation
External influence
Issue Date: 25-Jan-2018
Publisher: Springer, Singapore
Citation: Jain, G., Sahni, S.P. & Sehgal, N. (2018).Sexual identity expression on the internet: An empirical study of homosexuals, heterosexuals, and bisexuals in India. In S. P. Sahni & G. Jain (Eds.), Internet infidelity: An interdisciplinary insight in a global context (pp. 105–131). Springer, Singapore.
Abstract: Studies have found that sexual minority experience greater emotional distress, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and depression than their heterosexual peers. This chapter analyses the attitudes of individuals with different sexual orientations towards internet infidelity. A self-administered survey was conducted among 11,056 respondents (1,010 homosexuals, 8,991 heterosexuals, and 1,055 bisexuals) in metropolitan cities in India . Of these, 35.2% admitted to involvement in online infidelity. Meta-analysis yielded three reasons: psychological distress (depression and frustration), social isolation (lack of emotional support, loneliness, and boredom), and external influence (desire to explore and peer pressure). The survey found that while homosexuals attribute their involvement in online infidelity to psychological distress, heterosexuals attribute it to social isolation, and bisexuals to external influence. Homosexuals who admitted their involvement in cybersex were further compared based on relationship status: married, in a relationship, divorced, separated, or widow/widower. The motivations of married individuals with same-sex orientation were also examined, along with its mental health implications.
ISBN: 9789811054129
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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