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The cociosexuality and well-being of incels

Passmann, A. (2020) The cociosexuality and well-being of incels.

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Abstract:In the last years, it was observable that the online community of involuntary celibates (incels) shows several signs of low well-being. The growth of this community is a reason for this research, which aims to measure the sociosexual orientation of incels compared to non-incels but also to find possible factors for this low well-being. Individuals that are active on platforms like Reddit and identify themselves as incels participated in this cross-sectional study as well as students from the University of Twente. At first, the sociosexual orientation of incels (N = 23) was compared to non-incels (N = 192) with the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory (SOI). The hypothesis was that incels score higher in sociosexual desire and lower in sociosexual behaviour than non-incels. It was also hypothesized that the discrepancy between sociosexual desire and behaviour is related to low well-being, as well as the degree of inceldom, which is the degree of lacking sexual and romantic relationships despite desiring those. The results of comparing the means showed that incels indeed score higher on sociosexual desire and lower on sociosexual behaviour than non-incels while their scores are similar on their global sociosexual orientation and their attitude. Furthermore, low well-being was indeed predicted by both the discrepancy between sociosexual desire and behaviour, as well as the degree of inceldom, with the degree of inceldom being the stronger factor. However, research is needed to test more factors that could influence incels’ low well-being in order to help incels.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82703
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