Hold On!

Hold Up

Please select a minimum of three sectors in the menu above.

Got It
  • Will apps ever replace face-to-face hook-ups?
  • Will apps ever replace face-to-face hook-ups?
    Darrell Berry, Creative Commons (2009) ©
REPORT

Has Grindr killed the gay bar?

Everyone’s heard of Grindr. More than five million men in 192 countries use it to hook up. It’s transformed the gay dating scene. But with the closure of many LGBT venues, how are all these virtual encounter platforms affecting bars and clubs? Has Grindr killed the gay bar?

Location United Kingdom

Scope
You’ve got to have been living under a rock for the past five years if you haven’t heard of Grindr. It’s the largest and most popular all–male location–based social network out there; with more than 5 million men in 192 countries on it, and approximately 10,000 new users downloading the app every day.

While some have scorned the app for ‘ruining romance’ by making sleeping with someone as easy as sending a message, it’s a revolutionary app; one that has transformed the gay dating scene.

However with the closure of many LGBT venues, people have begun ...

Canvas8

Related

  • Article image How are Boomers going on the pull online?

    One in five relationships start online. But while it’s usual to catch 20-somethings swiping on Tinder or sending charms on Happn, senior singletons are quickly catching up. So what is it that the serial daters of the Boomer generation are hoping for when they sign up, log in and upload a pic?

  • Article image The Sochi rainbow protest: a colourful political statement

    During the Sochi Olympics, big-name brands from Google to Channel 4 displayed their logos in rainbow colours to support LGBT rights. But why are brands being more open about their ethical and political stance, and do their customers really care?

  • Article image Do you know who you’re getting into bed with?

    An evolution of dating apps and websites, the hookup app is a tool designed specifically for users to get laid and get out. But what does the rise of casual sex mean for real relationships?

  • Article image Hooking up with Tinder

    Mobile dating app Tinder simplifies an increasingly complicated hookup culture, appealing to millennials in the process by minimising the chances of rejection.