This study was conducted to examine the relationship between human sexuality, online dating, and personality. The two sexual subcultures investigated were the hook-up culture (casual sexuality) and unconventional sexual subculture (such as fetishes). The first hypothesis was that one's casual sexuality would influence one’s online dating participation. The second hypothesis was that there would be gender differences between participation in casual sexuality and participation in unconventional sexuality. The third hypothesis was certain personality traits would influence whether they would participate both sexuality measures. The measures used for the survey were Online Dating Index, Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale, Big Five Inventory, and Alternative Sexuality Questionnaire. 87 University of Central Florida undergraduate students completed the study measures from a Qualtrics survey. 70 females, 16 males, and 1 transgendered person took the survey. Results showed that there were no gender differences when it came to participation in either sexuality measure. Certain personality traits did influence the participation in one or both sexuality cultures. And lastly, online dating did ultimately correlate with one's participation in the hook-up culture.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Orlando (Main) Campus
Length of Campus-only Access
Peebles, Ciara, "Naughty or Nice: An Exploration of Human Sexuality and its Associations to Online Dating Behavior and the "Hook-up" Culture" (2018). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 349.