Online dating applications and risk of youth victimization: A lifestyle exposure perspective

Markus Kaakinen, Aki Koivula, Iina Savolainen, Anu Sirola, Marko Mikkola, Izabela Zych, Hye Jin Paek, Atte Oksanen

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Based on lifestyle exposure theory (LET), this study examined online dating application (ODA) use and victimization experiences among adolescents using large cross-national samples of Finnish, American, Spanish, and South Korean young people between ages 15 and 18. According to logistic regression analyses in two substudies, ODA use was associated with more likely victimization to online harassment, online sexual harassment, and other cybercrimes and sexual victimization by adults and peers. According to mediation analyses, this relationship was mainly accounted for by the fact that ODA users engage in more risky activities in online communication and information sharing. Attention should be paid to the risks ODAs pose to vulnerable groups, such as young people, with insufficient skills to regulate their social relationships online.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAggressive Behavior
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • adolescents
  • cybercrime
  • lifestyle exposure theory
  • online dating applications
  • victimization

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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