Kinsey Reporter is a global mobile platform for the reporting, visualization, and analysis of anonymous data about sexual and other intimate behaviors. It works on smart phones that communicate securely with a central database server. The anonymous data collected with Kinsey Reporter are aggregated and shared openly with the community at KinseyReporter.org.
The Kinsey Institute is exploring new ways to record and describe people's sexual experiences worldwide. We are also exploring new ways for people to be connected while protecting their privacy. We hope to reach people with all kinds of different ideas, beliefs, and experiences, and who might be willing to report on sexual behaviors, regardless of who is involved and where it is observed. By using Kinsey Reporter, you contribute to research on human sexual behavior. We ask you to act ethically, in the role of a good journalist or "citizen scientist." Submit what is true and accurate to the best of your ability.
Ideally, you would submit a report within 24 hours of the event you are reporting. The report can be about yourself or someone else. It is all anonymous. Kinsey Reporter includes surveys about various sexual activities and other intimate behaviors. These surveys cover sexual behaviors and events, sexual health issues, violence reports, public displays of affection, and other unique behaviors and experience. A 'survey' in this case is a report of information shared by many individuals on a topic of interest; it is not based on a random or representative sample of a community or population.
At this time, the only way to submit reports is via the free Kinsey Reporter apps for mobile devices.
Yes! We cannot link different reports to the same user, but we invite you to submit reports on different events as often as you like. Surveys will change over time, with new ones being added and old ones being phased out. But you can answer the same survey as many times as you like to report on different events.
To ensure that reported data is strictly anonymous, you can only select among the provided tags when answering a question. However, contact us to suggest new surveys, questions, or tags.
No. Even if you enable location via GPS, you decide the geographic resolution of your reports. If you live in a sparsely populated area, you can select state/region or even country in the preferences panel. To protect your anonymity, reports only include the approximate location based on your preference. Unless you select city/town resolution, the name of your city or town is not sent to the Kinsey Reporter database. Even if you do select city/town resolution, the Kinsey Reporter database will only receive the generic coordinates of your city or town rather than your exact location.
To ensure that reported data is anonymous, we aggregate reports in wide geographical areas. You have a few choices about the resolution of your location. For instance, a reporter in a sparsely populated region might prefer to use the country resolution, while users in large urban areas may prefer the city/town resolution. The default resolution is state/region and it is easy to change in the preference panel.
To protect the anonymity of the reports even in sparsely populated areas, we aggregate reports over time. A report is not published until a sufficient number of reports have been received from the same location, and then all of those reports are recorded with a randomized timestamp. The more sparsely populated your area and/or the higher the geographic resolution you select, the longer the delay until your report appears. Therefore, in a sparsely populated area, you might want to select a lower resolution (e.g., state/region or country), to minimize the delay until your report becomes public.
No. To protect the anonymity of the reports, no personal identifiers are recorded --- not even anonymized ones. In other words, nobody can tell if any two reports are from the same person or from two different people.
To protect the anonymity of Kinsey Reporter users and reports, all communication between the Kinsey Reporter mobile apps and the Kinsey Reporter server is secured using SSL/TLS, the same strong encryption protocol used for secure home banking and credit card purchases online. Therefore, even if you submit a report from an open wireless network, such as at an Internet cafe, and hackers eavesdrop your communication, they cannot extract the content of your report.
Yes! Interactive visualizations of the data are available on the KinseyReporter.org website. The anonymous data we collect is also publicly available to the community via an Application Programming Interface (API), documented on the KinseyReporter.org website. We welcome your feedback.
For now, only English is available. In the future, we may develop versions in other languages if there is evidence of strong interest and if we have sufficient resources.
Check out Kinsey Confidential and its many resources. The Kinsey Reporter apps provide links to information related to the survey tags from Kinsey Confidential and Kinsey Institute resources, such as the the Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. Kinsey Reporter also features links to Kinsey Confidential's latest podcasts and blog entries.
Kinsey Reporter is a joint project of the world-famous Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction (KI) and the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS), both at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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The Kinsey Reporter data collection protocol has been classified as research exempt from review by Indiana University's Institutional Review Board (protocol #1205008624). This means that the data can be used for research and shared without requiring informed consent from users of the apps. According to the protocol, each report collects the following data: