Every now and then new technology will change something that humans do in very radical ways. We’ve been collecting information from people scientifically with surveys, interviews, and observations by using paper and pen, then computers, and now, potentially, mobile apps.
Recently a new phone app, the Kinsey Reporter was introduced that collects data from users on sexual behavior. Just a few hours later it was pulled from the marketplace by the university that houses the Kinsey Institute, developer of the app.
Alfred Kinsey revolutionized the scientific study of sexual behavior, and the Kinsey Institute has continued generating much research that helps us better understand human sexuality. However, the issue of collecting good quality data on sexual behavior continues to be a challenge.
- A New Kinsey App Lets You Report Sexual Behavior (advocate.com)
- Kinsey Institute app debacle highlights privacy hazards around new research method (insidehighered.com)
- Indiana U. Pulls Kinsey Institute’s New App (insidehighered.com)
- University Yanks Sex-Tracking App Over Privacy Concerns [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Sex Tech: Kinsey app pulled, Grindr politics, porn for Palestine (zdnet.com)