Mitchell Centre Seminar Series
|Starts:||16:00 26 Oct 2016|
|Ends:||17:30 26 Oct 2016|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Bernie Hogan, University of Oxford
Personal Network Capture among At-Risk Youth: Exploring Online Dating and Safer Sex Practices Structurally
Personal network capture is evolving alongside trace data and big data approaches. Where the latter seem to be about expanding the scope of data collection, personal network capture is evolving to enhance the quality of data collection. This talk will present an overview of Network Canvas, a new suite of data collection tools being used to assess the social, drug and sexual networks of young men who have sex with men in Chicago. The first half of the talk will focus on the design of Network Canvas vis-a-vis existing tools and the second half will be an analysis of data captured using Network Canvas in Chicago.
Drawing extensively on the first of several waves of data collection, I explore the relationship between trust, network structure and safer sex practices. Past work has noted that there's a inverse relationship between interpersonal trust and likelihood of condom use. That is to say, if an individual is known by fewer social ties, or met through an anonymous venue, they would be more likely to use a condom. This claim has been used to support the notion that online dating (particularly mobile app dating) has not led to the rise in HIV cases among YMSMs. This claim is now examined with extremely granular data on a very wide scale. With this data I assert that while this relationship holds true on a case-by-case basis, the relationship is not as strong as originally asserted.
The talk will conclude with considerations on how improved personal network data collection methods can help us revisit existing questions with greater specificity and scale, especially in socially important cases where trace data is still insufficient.
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