School of Sociology Brown Bag Series Presents: Morgan Johnstonbaugh

Talk Title: Out of Town and Out of Sync: Understanding Romantic Sexting Practices as Online Interaction Rituals

Abstract: This talk examines how sexual interaction rituals take place online and why some interactions are rewarding while others are not by integrating scripting theory into interaction ritual theory (IRT). It shows that while online sexual interactions follow the IRT model, sexual scripts are necessary for differentiating between fulfilling and unfulfilling interactions. When participants rely on traditional sexual scripts or transactional scripts, they experience feelings of frustration rather than arousal. These findings provide a valuable theoretical framework for understanding the role that cognitive schema play in online interaction rituals more broadly.


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Password: ritual


Noon to 1:20 p.m. Sept. 18, 2020