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Apps: the game changer

APPS v3Born in late 1999, Gaydar is probably the daddy of all profile-based dating websites from which has spawned a multitude of other websites and smartphone apps (web apps). There is no denying they have transformed the way gay men connect and communicate with each other.

The gay app market today (2020) is far less crowded than it used to be with apps like Grindr, Scruff and Tinder rising to the top and other with others falling by the wayside including Chappy which closed in early 2020.

We've not checked these recently but some of the less known apps include Gay Farmers Dating, BoyAhoy (Skout), Compatible Partners (eHarmony) and My Single Friend. Other web apps we found in our travels: Adam4Adam, Caffmos Community, G Kiss, Gay Adults, Gay Cupid, Gay Fish Dating, Gay X Change, GayQuation, JACK’D, Lavendr, ManCrunch, ManJam, One Good Crush, One Scene, OnlyLads, Perfect Match, POF (Plenty of Fish), Senior People Meet, and Zoosk.

Whether you are looking to chat, flirt, hook-up, or find a partner there are many smartphone apps to choose from and an increasing number of gay dating websites with an emphasis on longer-term relationships.

If you are starting out, you may find some web apps overwhelming, but there are alternatives where you can explore your sexuality in a more chilled environment, perhaps taking the first steps towards acceptance and coming out, if that’s where you’re heading.

Also, we should not forget that web apps have been a game changer for people living in parts of the world where being gay is criminalised, considered evil, and a sin against God.

Lawsuit in London to allege Grindr shared users’ HIV status with ad firms | The Guardian | 22 Apr 2024
Apple addresses future of Grindr and Scruff after ‘hookup apps’ ban | Pink News | 9 Jun 2021
Grindr faces £8.5m fine for selling user data | BBC News | 26 Jan 2021
Rape prosecutors in England and Wales given new advice over dating apps | The Guardian | 19 Oct 2020
Gay dating apps and sexual practices, a mixed-method study into the normalisation of chemsex in London | 3rd Year – Dissertation | Felix Alfredo Cardenas Chu | Jun 2020
 20 Things to Stop Doing on Dating Apps in 2020 | Inside Hook | 27 Dec 2019
How Grindr changed gay life forever | Frieze | 23 Dec 2019
Where is it illegal to be gay? | BBC | 14 Feb 2014
LGBT rights by country or territory | Wikipedia

 Old Gays Meet Gus Kenworthy | Grindr | 19 Oct 2019 | 8m 26s

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