BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - When it comes to talking about sex, now there's an app for that.
Indiana University publicly released the free Kinsey Reporter app Wednesday, a global mobile survey platform for collecting and reporting anonymous data about sexual and other intimate behaviors.
The app allows users to anonymously report on sexual behavior and experiences and "share, explore and visualize the accumulated data," according to a press release from IU.
"We still know very little about sexual behavior and much of what we know is from hearsay, it's from media, it's from people making things up," said Kinsey Institute spokeswoman Jennifer Bass. "I think it's pretty important we have accurate information about why people are doing what they do, how people do what they do, how people are living their lives so we can really understand the nature of sexual behavior."
After downloading the "Kinsey Reporter "app, users can contribute observed information on topics such as sexual activity, public displays of affection, flirting, unwanted experiences and birth control use.
"The Kinsey Institute has been doing research on this for decades and they told us many, many things that we didn't know, but there's a lot we still don't know – especially from places around the world where there is no studying, no reporting going on," said Fil Menczer, Professor of Informatics and Computing, who partnered on the project.
They said the new platform may allow scientists to explore issues that have been challenging to study, such as the prevalence of unreported sexual violence in different parts of the world, or the correlation between various sexual practices like condom use, and the cultural, political, religious or health contexts in particular geographical areas.
The pilot project was announced in the fall. But Kinsey researchers and their partners at IU's School of Informatics and Computing delayed the public release until the university could fully review the project for any potential privacy-related legal issues.
The Kinsey Institute receives support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington, which is dedicated to supporting ongoing faculty research and creative activity and developing new multidisciplinary initiatives to enhance opportunities for federal, state and private research funding.
Bass said she looks forward to the results.
"We don't really know what to expect, but we're excited with the possibilities," she said.
You can access that app and find out more information by clicking here.
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