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Kinsey Reporter App Takes Off With New Surveys

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In February,the Kinsey Reporter App released new surveys to coincide with Valentine's Day. Responding to questions like "what does one's heart desire?" on that day geared to love and romance, people around the world downloaded the app on their mobile phones, and jumped into reporting.

"Ideally, we'd like to compare this new data between Valentine's Day and the other reports we get throughout the year," said Stephanie Sanders, interim director of The Kinsey Institute.

The app team also added a new survey on pornography in February, which is already proving popular within the many offerings on the mobile platform.

Researchers with The Kinsey Institute and the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing worked together to develop the app. And, anyone can visit the KinseyReporter.com website and create their own visual data by selecting a questions to compare within surveys.

This chart of reports on porn use is just one way the data can be arranged and viewed.

Early data comparing reports of use of porn by men and women from Kinsey Reporter

“We are getting thousands of reports from around the world – from at least 45 countries so far – though the great majority have been from the US,” said Filippo Menczer, director of IU's Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, or CNetS, and a School of Informatics and Computing professor who helped design the app. “And as we’d hoped, we are beginning to observe some interesting patterns in the data.”


The Kinsey Reporter App is free for download at Apple iOS Store or Google Play (for Android).
Kinsey Reporter allows citizen observers around the world to report on sexual behavior and experiences, and then share, explore and visualize what people report. Data submitted by anonymous citizen scientists is also used for research and shared with the public at the Kinsey Reporter website.

Some of these “infographics” are currently available at the Kinsey Reporter Facebook page.

“The reports received by the Kinsey Reporter app until today illustrate how the data can be explored, both by scientists and by users of the app,” Menczer said. “You can observe the relationships among variables, suggesting different clustering of activities, feelings, and contexts of reports, and the possible connections among them. People can perform their own analytics of the public data and create their own charts and maps at KinseyReporter.org.”


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