Grindr: The Gay App

By Aaron Jacob Drost

Those of us who are smartphone users who identify as gay most likely have the app called “Grindr” where we can see gay singles in our area. However, this idea of local communication with other LGBTQ members has a few positive and negative aspects to meeting people.

(image: Grindr Twitter)

In an article printed in Vanity Fair last May reports: “Grindr claims its app has more than a million users in more than 180 countries, including Sri Lanka, Djibouti, Haiti, Iraq, and Iran, places where being gay can get you killed. But nowhere is Grindr more popular than in the U.K., where there are more than 160,000 users, which means, after adjusting for population, almost twice as many gay Brits use Grindr as gay Americans do.” (Kapp)

Lets start with the bad! Con: Its kinda creepy. You might see some guys who go to you school or at your local Starbucks chain. They know where you are and the guys are usually only looking for sex.

Pro: Oppositely, you might know the guy! You might not have known they were gay, but now you have something in common and know someone else in your community. And, not to perpetuate the idea that gay men only want sex, if that’s what you’re looking for, you can get it! Just be sure to play safe ; )

For more on Grindr, check out the official website or twitter!


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