Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Ráchael A. Powers, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Richard K. Moule Jr., Ph.D.

Committee Member

John K. Cochran, Ph.D.


location-based real-time dating application, technology-facilitated sexual violence


The current study examines how college students participate in the use of location-based real-time dating (LBRTD) applications and the correlates of in-person and cyber victimization. Using an exploratory lens, the present study draws on the classical criminological theories of lifestyle-routine activities (L-RAT), self-efficacy, and low self-control which have been applied to various forms of abuse. Although the use of LBRTD applications has become relatively common place, with approximately 15% of Americans reporting having used a mobile dating application or online dating site, little is known concerning the role these applications play, particularly among college students (Boillot-Fansher, 2017; Smith, 2016). Using self-report data (n=324), the current study uses an adapted survey instrument, reviewing the three theoretical frameworks discussed. Descriptive statistics provided indicate a prevalence of both in-person and cyber victimization, as facilitated by LBRTD applications. Overall, the current thesis’ findings and the implemented analyses show mixed support for L-RAT, substantial support for self-control, and no support for self-efficacy.