Are Gay Dating Apps As Destructive As Drugs?

Fat Tony | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fat Tony

Coming out is such an important time in a gay man's life, you're impressionable, you crave validation and you're exploring what the gay world has to offer. Downloading an app is far easier than going out and standing at the bar, trying to not look awkward, or alone. But the reality is, these apps make users feel dehumanised, isolated and miserable.

Why I'm Ditching Dating Apps, For Now

Liam Beattie | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Beattie

One of the biggest attractions of using apps is that they take the pressure off having to ask someone 'out on a date'. There's no face-to-face rejection, it's all done via a screen where any emotional outpouring can easily be masked with a light-hearted LOL or emoji.

When I Was Homeless I Would Use Dating Apps Just To Find A Bed To Sleep In

Josh Parker | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Josh Parker

I was forced to use dating apps like Grindr to find a place to stay. I was meeting up with complete strangers every night. You can find yourself in really scary situations, in which people try to take advantage of you. I tried to protect myself by arranging to meet in a public place first of all, to make sure it wasn't a hoax.

My Murdered Son Was Let Down By Police - Please Help Families Like Mine

Sarah Sak | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Sarah Sak

The police are now investigating a further 58 unexplained deaths involving GHB and young men. I think there is a real possibility that Port killed more people and I would urge anyone who thinks they may have some relevant information, no matter how small, to come forward.

My Dating Dilemma - Do I Disclose My Disability?

Samantha Renke | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

The answer to all of the above is yes, yes and yes my disability does not stop me from wanting to find love, have a sex life or be seen as desirable. So why do people feel they need to ask these questions to people with disabilities?

Why Gay Men Need A More Effective Space To Connect

Edward Johnson | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Edward Johnson

Hook up apps are all fine and well. They serve a (I want to say 'valuable' but I can't bring myself to) gap in the market and it would be impertinent and rude of me to suggest otherwise. However, if you are looking for something more it's a real challenge and I've been there, from the apps, the dating sites and the networks that promote promiscuity.

Cop Killer Stefano Brizzi, App Culture And Chemsex

Timothy Graves | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Timothy Graves

Many gay men, courtesy of Grindr or Gaydar, will be familiar with the experience of turning up at a complete stranger's doorstep in the early hours of the morning in a state of drug-fuelled sexual excitement. But the desire to prolong the party can cloud our better judgement.

The Un-invention Of Sex

Nick Abbot | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

For the purpose of getting indecorous and sticky, and living happily ever after, two people used to be selected for each other by their wiser elders. ...

This Website Has Outed Gay Olympians With 'Wildly Unethical' Grindr 'Stunt', Critics Say

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK

A news website has apologised after publishing a piece critics claimed outed gay Olympic athletes through hook-up app Grindr. The Daily Beast article ...

Nobody Asked for Your Opinion on Gay Sex

Daniel Welsh | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Welsh

I'm still unsure what point the author was hoping to make, other than 'gay men exist, even at the Olympics, and they want to have sex'. And while nothing explicitly homophobic was said outright, it's what was implied that cuts particularly deep for me.

Crimes Linked To 'Hook-Up' Dating Apps Tinder And Grindr Jump Sevenfold

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK

The number of alleged crimes potentially linked to dating apps Tinder and Grindr increased more than sevenfold in two years – including reports of r...

Oh, To Be a Young Gay Man Again? Errm, No Thanks, It's Harder Than Ever

Matt Bagwell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Bagwell

I can't quite believe I'm saying this but next year marks my 25th anniversary as an out and proud gay man... It feels like yesterday, but a lot has happened in the last two and a half decades that has made me thankful that I'm not 19 again, despite the perception that things are now a lot easier for young gay men and women.

Dating in the App-Age: Why I Quit

Harvey Wilks | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Communication just isn't the same IRL as it is over an app, and especially a dating app. But y'all know that. These things are addictive. They're games - providing at once endless and instant entertainment within a 20km radius and, to some, perversely, a yardstick of self worth.

A Gay Man Discusses Dating in the App-Age (Part One)

Harvey Wilks | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Break up with boyfriend? Go straight to the App Store, download Tinder, Grindr, Happn, Hinge, Scruff and any other of the veritable cornucopia of dating apps and try and source a fresh one. Right? Hmmm.

When Dating Apps Become a Problem... Are We Addicted?

Ryan Houston | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Tech
Ryan Houston

When people have been asked why they use these apps, the most popular answer as for one-to-one sex - A positive message when you're looking for love - the second most popular answer was out of boredom - Both use of apps are confusing if you're already in a relationship and apparently 'happy' , which draws me to the question, Are we addicted to dating apps?

Man Lured Into Grindr Date Robbed And Threatened With Cattle Prod

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

A gay man was lured into a meeting through the dating app Grindr and then robbed and threatened with a cattle prod. Detectives have released CCTV p...

Ireland's Gay Matchmaking Festival: The Outing, Lisdoonvarna, October 3-6

Peter McGuire | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter McGuire

The word "tradition" is so often misunderstood to mean the dragging heels of a conservative past, whereas modern traditions actually include our calendar customs such as Halloween and April Fools, our music and dance, our games and sports, almost all the foods we eat, the stories we tell, and so much more.

Cuddling a Stranger: An App Too Far?

Sarah Kwong | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Tech
Sarah Kwong

Ah, who doesn't love a social media trend? Especially when it gives some thought to linguistics. We've recently gone mad for apps designed to help you interact with strangers, incidentally all suffixed with an 'r'. Meet Tinder and Grindr's new, potentially more terrifying cousin, Cuddlr. DUN DUN DUHHH.

Logged On - And Turned Off

Harry Hitchens | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Harry Hitchens

I was fresh-faced, 16 and in the closet when I logged onto Grindr for the first time. If my girlfriends were to be believed, all the best-looking men are gay - so surely a world of gorgeous, tanned hunks with god-like torsos were only a click away? But what did I find?

Gay Shame and Grindr

George P. Simmonds | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George P. Simmonds

It's no secret that gay men and women grow up with a sense of separation from their heterosexual peers, and that this anticipates their exclusion from mainstream culture, especially that of mainstream dating. And fittingly enough the emotionally sterile climate encouraged by Grindr is to the gay man what a crack den is to the heroin addict...

MEP Candidate Slams World Aids Day For 'Spreading The Disease'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK

An MEP candidate who complained there are "too many gay people" in positions of power, and criticised World Aids Day for "spreading the disease" has b...

A Near Miss With the Guy Who Had Attachment Issues

The Guyliner | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

I get the feeling that he's typing one-handed, so decide now's as good a time as any to go into silent mode. He gives it one final go. "I shaved today," he says. I see the email has an attachment: a photo, which I open. Yes, he's shaved all right. Everywhere. Instead of a smooth chin or chest, I see gleaming genitalia - Spam-pink with sensitivity and not a hair to be seen...

Why Tinder Might Be the Salvation of Gay Dating

Danny Hilton | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Tech
Danny Hilton

Tinder isn't perfect - I'm sure there are tons of you who'll say that it's shallow and heartless to judge someone instantly on a photo (or often a range of photos, if you slow down and want to check each guy a bit more in depth). But Tinder has a human aspect that gives it a foot in the real world.

How Much Has Social Media Changed Your Life?

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Think about it. Social communication is affecting a lot more than just your ability to get anything done because you want to tweet just one more time... this is the social society.

Tinder Surprise! My Dangerous Love Affair With the New Dating App

Alfie Evers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

I heard murmurings of a new dating app called Tinder. Someone had dressed it as "Grindr, but for straight people". Now, for all of you who don't know, Grindr is - in my limited knowledge - an app that uses your location to search for potential mates that are in your area. You make contact. You agree to meet. You agree to meat.