Sexual Information Seeking on Web Search Engines

Amanda Spink, Andrew Koricich, B. J. Jansen, Charles Cole

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Abstract

Sexual information seeking is an important element within human information behavior. Seeking sexually related information on the Internet takes many forms and channels, including chat rooms discussions, accessing Websites or searching Web search engines for sexual materials. The study of sexual Web queries provides insight into sexually-related information-seeking behavior, of value to Web users and providers alike. We qualitatively analyzed queries from logs of 1,025,910 Alta Vista and AlltheWeb.com Web user queries from 2001. We compared the differences in sexually-related Web searching between Alta Vista and AlltheWeb.com users. Differences were found in session duration, query outcomes, and search term choices. Implications of the findings for sexual information seeking are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalCyberpsychology and Behavior
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2004

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Applied Psychology
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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