This protocol outlines a mixed-methods study explore the dynamics of intimacy on dating apps before, during and after the crisis years of COVID-19 in the UK; how these influenced/were influenced by different gendered and sexual cultures of relating; and their impact on personal resilience, viral risk, and wellbeing. The project examines diverse gendered and sexual cultures, emphasizing the experiences of LGBT+ communities. Through a two-stage approach involving a UK-wide quantitative survey and in-depth qualitative interviews, the study explores how dating app practices influence resilience, viral risk, and intimate norms. The project aims to generate knowledge about how app-based services can be harnessed to support the social and emotional needs of diverse gendered and sexual groups during and after COVID-19 providing valuable insights into strategies for personal resilience in the face of viral risk and social during periods of social distancing.

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Garcia Iglesias, J., Heaphy, B. & Yodovich, N. 2024, 'Exploring dating app intimacies during COVID-19 in the UK: a protocol for a mixed-methods study on the impact of dating apps on intimacy, resilience, and wellbeing [ES/W002426/1]', International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 23. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069241247480

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