Indiana University wants strangers from around the world to send in graphic details about their sexual encounters to researchers, using a newly created smart-phone app.
Users are asked to divulge a number of explicit details regarding their sexual encounters, including the permission level of the experience (pleasure, pain, disappointment, orgasm, lust) and how they arranged the "event" by choosing relationship, committed, prostitution, or infidelity.
The app asks its users or “reporters” to disgorge graphic details of their sexual encounters within 24 hours of each “event.” It then synthesizes the information into a map revealing who is having sex where, when and how.
According to a July 31, 2013, tweet by the project’s official handle, @KinseyReporter, 3,053 people had downloaded the app. Previous tweets, however, suggest many, or most, of those users are still based in Bloomington, Ind., home of IU.
“So far the news about the re-release of #KinseyReporter has spread mainly locally, so the majority of reports are from Indiana,” tweeted @KinseyReporter on July 5.
Spokeswoman for the Kinsey Institute, Jennifer Brass, told Campus Reform on Friday that the school saved money building the app by partnering with IU's School of Informatics and Computing where students, faculty and researchers collaborated on the project.
The app, named "Kinsey Reporter," is available in the app store.
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