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What is Grindr?

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Imagine a database where you have access to every gay person within your vicinity and beyond, even across the world.

Well, you don’t need a creative imagination to download Grindr, the oldest, largest, and most popular gay dating app boasting millions of daily users. 

What is Grindr?

At its core, Grindr is a geo-located hookup app catering to men who like men. Although it’s portrayed in pop culture as a platform full of horny gays, it ultimately facilitates all types of immediate interactions, especially in metropolitan cities where profiles are only a few hundred feet away. 

Rather than mindlessly swiping for mutual connections, the app shows nearby users on a grid, and you can message those you fancy.

The app empowers individuals to choose the level of privacy they’re comfortable with, so you’ll see people with plenty of photos on their profile or their social media accounts linked, others with a close-up of their torso, and it’s not uncommon for profile pictures to be blank. 

Interactions are entirely in the control of each party, but many men treat it like a marketplace for nudes and sexual encounters. You shouldn’t be offended if someone asks what you’re “into” before your name. 

You can decide who you message or respond to and what content you share. 

Grindr’s default version is free, with ads, and there are various ‘upgraded’ subscription forms – like Grindr Xtra – that allow ad-free experiences, as well as additional unlocked features.

Is Grindr only for hookups? 

It would be naive to say Grindr is not primarily for hookups, but you shouldn’t cage possibilities. 

Many gay men might embrace a sex-first approach to dating, but that doesn’t mean they are not open to more with the right chemistry. Nowadays, more gay men find physical intimacy or love online than at the bar.

Just because gay culture often embraces a sex-first approach to dating, it doesn’t take romance or various types of other relationships – like friendships – out of the equation. Also, it’s wise to ask rather than assume what someone is looking for, to ensure you and your connection are on the same page.

Are only gay men allowed on the app? 

Grindr advertises itself as an app for the LGBTQ community lifestyle, and it doesn’t prohibit anyone from signing up, even straight people. Hetero men are known to use the app looking for trans women, straight women looking for nudes or friendships, etc. 

However, the grid ultimately materializes as a playground for queer men.

For safety and to avoid being catfished, it’s always advisable to verify a user’s realness before meeting or doing so first in a public setting. 

Desire is in the eyes of the iPhone holder, and the app allows you to filter based on almost every aspect of physicality, gay tribe, and identity. 

At the end of the day, Grindr presents itself as your social gay oyster to do with it what you please. 

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