Sexually related information seeking on the Web


Spink A., Ozmutlu H. C.

ASIST 2001: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 64TH ASIST ANNUAL MEETING, VOL 38, 2001, vol.38, pp.382-390, 2001 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Title of Journal : ASIST 2001: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 64TH ASIST ANNUAL MEETING, VOL 38, 2001
  • Page Numbers: pp.382-390

Abstract

Queries are the primary means of the translating a Web user's information needs in a way that Web systems can process. Web queries are as varied as the range of human interest areas, including sexual information seeking. A portion of Web queries is sexually related. The study of sexually related queries can provide insightful into human sexual information-seeking behavior for use by Web system developers. We extracted 116,050 sexually related queries from a query log of 1,025,910 Excite users queries. We found that many aspects, sexual and non-sexually-related queries exhibit significant differences, in terms of duration of the session, analysis of the results of each query, and search term usage. Implications of the findings are discussed.