Publication
Title
The internet and sexual identity formation : comparing LGB internet uses before and after coming out
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Abstract
Even in its early years, the Internet was recognized as a medium with great potential for lesbians, gay men, and bisexual individuals (LGBs), especially for LGB youths struggling with their sexual identity. Yet, Internet research related to coming out tends to focus on particular cases or Internet use before and during coming out. Consequently, as such research emphasizes the opportunities and positive aspects of the Internet for LGBs, it may lead to an overestimation of the importance of sexual identity in terms of LGB Internet use. Therefore, in this paper we explore the LGB-specific Internet use of a broad cross-section of the LGB community both before or during and after coming out. Our quantitative online survey and in-depth interviews show that LGBs use the Internet for LGB-oriented purposes less after coming out than before or during it. The results suggest that sexual identity becomes a less salient topic in terms of everyday Internet use after coming out.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Communications : the European journal of communication research. - München, 1976, currens
Publication
München : 2013
ISSN
0341-2059
1613-4087 [online]
Volume/pages
38:4(2013), p. 347-365
ISI
000326879100002
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 10.11.2017
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