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Uncertainty Management and Information Seeking in Grindr

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This research used uncertainty management theory (UMT) as a framework to examine individuals’ experience of uncertainty within the context of Grindr, an all male, location-based dating application. In a two-phase study, we first investigated the particular concerns associated with Grindr use. Results indicated that the unique affordances of Grindr generated six categories of user concerns associated with use of the “people-nearby” application (PNA). The second phase of our study confirmed that a specific set of user goals and concerns predicted daters’ desire for uncertainty, which in turn predicted information-seeking behavior. Findings clearly indicate that people’s responses to uncertainty were not limited to simple reduction strategies, but were dependent upon their desire for and tolerance of uncertainty in relation to their goals and concerns of Grindr use. The current results also help to establish UMT’s predictive power and explanatory utility within the realm of interpersonal communication.

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Corriero, Elena., Tong, Stephanie., Van De Wiele, Chad., Lennemann, Benjamin. and Rochadiat, Annisa. "Uncertainty Management and Information Seeking in Grindr" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21, 2015 <Not Available>. 2018-02-13 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p983724_index.html>

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Corriero, E. F., Tong, S. T., Van De Wiele, C. , Lennemann, B. and Rochadiat, A. , 2015-05-21 "Uncertainty Management and Information Seeking in Grindr" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-02-13 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p983724_index.html

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Abstract: This research used uncertainty management theory (UMT) as a framework to examine individuals’ experience of uncertainty within the context of Grindr, an all male, location-based dating application. In a two-phase study, we first investigated the particular concerns associated with Grindr use. Results indicated that the unique affordances of Grindr generated six categories of user concerns associated with use of the “people-nearby” application (PNA). The second phase of our study confirmed that a specific set of user goals and concerns predicted daters’ desire for uncertainty, which in turn predicted information-seeking behavior. Findings clearly indicate that people’s responses to uncertainty were not limited to simple reduction strategies, but were dependent upon their desire for and tolerance of uncertainty in relation to their goals and concerns of Grindr use. The current results also help to establish UMT’s predictive power and explanatory utility within the realm of interpersonal communication.


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