The moderating effect of a same-sex preference on the amount of online harassment received by women on dating apps
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The aim of this research is to examine the reason for online aggressive behaviour from men to women on dating apps. This is done by analysing the moderating effect of a same-sex preference for women on the amount of harassment received. By using theories on misogyny and the specific characteristics of online communication a framework was created that explains the online harassment of heterosexual women on dating apps. Making use of data from the American Trends Panel wave 56 provided by the Pew Research Centre, logistic and linear regressions were used to compare the amount of harassment received between heterosexual and lesbian women. It was found that inter-sex aggression was indeed prevalent on online dating sites and misogyny and male sexual scripts are suggested as main causes.