Sex and Social Media

Katrin Tiidenberg, Emily van der Nagel

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Sex on and with social media isoften construed as deviant, risky, or something only teenagers do because theydon't know better. Yet, academic scholarship has shown that sex on/with socialmedia can allow people to create and playfully experiment with their identities;build meaningful relationships; accept themselves or build communities. This book brings the multiplicityand richness of sexual practices on, with, and around social media to acurious, intelligent lay reader, and highlights the discrepancy between themedia headlines (people fearing it) and what popular Google searches show(people wanting it). The authors describe how socialmedia has changed and shaped sex; address the common misconceptions aboutsocially mediated sex; explain the spaces where social media sex happens, andthe practices that count as social media sex. Chapters examine the mainmisconceptions and anxieties pertaining to socially mediated sex; explore howsexual social media practices are part of our identity; look at it as acommunal/ group phenomenon; and analyse social media platforms as theintermediaries and infrastructures shaping and constraining sex. It offers an academically informed, critical but accessiblediscussion on sex and sexuality on and with social media.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBingley UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages199
ISBN (Electronic)9781839094064, 9781839094088
ISBN (Print)9781839094095
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSociety Now


  • sex
  • social media
  • NSFW
  • internet studies
  • identity construction
  • practices
  • online community

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