This paper explores the use of the Internet as a data collection method for sexuality research. Benefits, such as larger, more representative samples, and risks to validity, such as lying and sabotage, are discussed in the context of a large Internet-based study of how "having sex" is defined by gay, lesbian, and bisexual college students. Suggestions for how to maximize utility as well as combat potential risks and ethical dilemmas are offered. Special attention is paid to the use of the Internet to collect data from traditionally underrepresented groups. The article ends with a look to the future of sex research over the Internet, exploring the collection of nonsurvey data.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science
- History and Philosophy of Science