And that seems about right: I can’t even count how many gay friends I have for whom popping open Grindr is as rote of a smartphone task as scanning their email-clogged inboxes.
Pictures of potential matches in your area appear on your screen and you like what you see, swipe right. If both parties swipe right, you’ll match and can start a convo. They’ve also introduced a new paid tier called Tinder Plus, where you’ll be able to undo a swipe left and super like to your heart’s content.
Tinder Plus has also helped make holiday-goers dreams come true by introducing a new features called Tinder Passport, which allows you to swipe on people anywhere in the world. You’re likely to be invited out for a drink rather than just round for sex.
The USP: Hook up with the people you walk past on the street.
Pros: Once you get over the slight stalker complex Happn instils on you by showing women who walked past your front door an hour ago, matching with users within a 250 meter radius is actually quite handy.
Dating apps for gay men don’t have the greatest reputation.
From Grindr to Scruff, Hornet to Jack’d, the digital platforms are best known for dredging up flakey users, svelte-only fat-shamers, masc-4-masc femme-phobes, and it’s-a-personal-preference racists.
Here, we take the biggest alternatives to Tinder and give them a spin to find out what (if anything) they do different.
The USP: Gives you the chance to tell your friends (rather than strangers) that you want to sleep with them.
Yet their scope and reach in the queer community are hard to overstate.
Since the 2009 launch of Grindr, the first and most ubiquitous of the set, gay dating apps have racked up north of several-dozen million users in some 200 countries (including Cuba! Grindr says that its users average 54 minutes on the app per day.
CEO Joel Simkhai told in a recent interview that “millions of Grindr users [were] asking us to figure out what’s going on around them,” so the company decided to start curating culture-minded content.