An exploration of fetish social networks and communities

Damien Fay, Hamed Haddadi, Michael C. Seto, Han Wang, Christoph Kling

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Network Science - 12th International Conference and School, NetSci-X 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages195-204
Number of pages10
Volume9564
ISBN (Print)9783319283609
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference and School on Advances in Network Science, NetSci-X 2016 - Wroclaw, Poland
Duration: 11 Jan 201613 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9564
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other12th International Conference and School on Advances in Network Science, NetSci-X 2016
CountryPoland
CityWroclaw
Period11/1/1613/1/16

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Keywords

  • Sexuality
  • Social network properties
  • Topic modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Fay, D., Haddadi, H., Seto, M. C., Wang, H., & Kling, C. (2016). An exploration of fetish social networks and communities. In Advances in Network Science - 12th International Conference and School, NetSci-X 2016, Proceedings (Vol. 9564, pp. 195-204). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 9564). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28361-6_17