The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Berlin-based women’s health company Clue have released the largest survey of women in sex technology known and were the first to explore the topic globally.
Based on responses from over 130,000 women in 191 countries, the study, published in PLOS ONE magazine, offers an unprecedented look at how women around the world interact with mobile dating and sex apps.
“While researchers have done a tremendous amount of reporting on sex, love, and technology, we were really limited in what we knew about these associations outside of North America or Western Europe,” said study lead author Amanda Gesselman, associate Director of Research, Kinsey Institute. For the first time, she said, it was possible to get an idea of the use of technology in the sexual life of a large number of women around the world.
More than half of all women (57.7 percent) reported receiving or sending sexually explicit messages, and this was the same across all geographic regions. Researchers were surprised to learn that women in countries with higher gender inequality reported that they were more than four times more likely to report sexting than women in more developed regions.
The study also found that women in places with high gender inequality were twice as likely to report using apps to improve their sexuality, while women from places with less inequality were more likely to report that they used apps to learn about sex.