It seems like every day there's a new form of online dating.No matter what type of relationship you're looking for — from the forever kind to the friends-with-benefits kind — there's an app for that!
And though Grindr allows you to block profiles for various reasons (check out Guys IBlocked On Grindr.com), it doesn't change the fact that they are still 30 feet from you.
It sounds shallow, but as I was quickly learning, being a few feet from someone isn't always a good thing.
I started cruising AOL's m4m chat rooms when I was 14, and in college used to look for relationships, while supplementing my dates with cheap hookups from I can't count how many of my online profiles have gone the way of My Space: outdated photos and spam piling up in my inbox.
Before I even have a chance to get bored, a newer, better method always presents itself, as it did when a whole gaggle of gays exclaimed at a recent party, "Oh my God, you've never heard of Grindr?!
" Or, "That's nothing compared to the dad accidentally Grinding with his son downstairs." Which is perhaps why the folks behind Grindr distance themselves as much as possible from what its users actually do with it.
"I don't like to say we're a dating service, because we are really just a technology provider with user generated content." says Joel, who says Grindr has been adding about 2,000 new users a day since it launched in March 2009.I look at my i Phone, and sure enough, Joel is 1.2 miles away. We've never met in person, though—I found him on Grindr, which is where I decided to conduct our interview."It's great when you know what a person looks like or whatever, but that information is not valuable unless you factor in proximity," he said."Now can we talk in person cuz I hate typing on my phone."Grindr is a remarkably simple experience."We don't get involved in how it's used."Or, in my case, misused.In every location possible I would lower the crab pot to see how many I could catch.The app takes a classic urban pastime—people watching—and makes it digital, not to mention completely addictive.