Web searching for sexual information: an exploratory study

Spink, Amanda H., Ozmutlu, H. Cenk, & Lorence, Daniel P. (2004) Web searching for sexual information: an exploratory study. Information Processing and Management, 40(1), pp. 113-124.

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Sexuality 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 Web sexual queries provides insight into sexual-related information-seeking behavior, of value to Web users and providers alike. We qualitatively analyzed 58,027 queries from a log of 1,025,910 Excite Web user queries from 1999. We found that sexual and non-sexual-related queries exhibited differences in session duration, query outcomes, and search term choices. Implications for sexual information seeking and Web systems are discussed.

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ID Code: 4847
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: A shorter version of the paper was presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
Keywords: information retrieval
DOI: 10.1016/S0306-4573(02)00082-1
ISSN: 0306-4573
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Information Retrieval and Web Search (080704)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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