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By Intermission Staff on February 8, In this age of technology, meeting people can be as easy as the click of a button. Recently, after a breakup, I ed an online dating site for fun. I met a few awesome people and a few creeps. Some I met for coffee, some I met for drinks, and these awkward first get-togethers often resembled the first real date with someone you met while drunk at a party: slightly forced as you try to avoid awkward silences while subtly analyzing if they were really as hot as that one photo they posted from high school.
Was it weird to meet people from online; did I ever feel in danger? I never felt in danger. When I received a creepy message at 2 a. But what happens when you are looking for these 2 a. In comes Grindr, marketed as a smartphone app, predominantly for gay, bisexual and Tree senior sex date men. How is an application like Grindr different from online dating? Intermission interviewed a few different men about their experiences with Grindr. So I downloaded Grindr, and it was just a giant list of guys. I [actually] found my first boyfriend on Grindr senior year.
I had a secret relationship [with him] for two months. Student 1: I started using it in the first place just to meet people, not necessarily sexually, but just to have someone to talk to [because] I had never had that before.
The majority of guys on Grindr are there for quick hookups, but I am on Grindr to try to meet some decent people to hang out with. There are definitely less of those people on [Grindr], though. I am always using a condom and always being safe, but I had some definite health scares because of it.
INT: Can you tell us a little about your experiences with Grindr? Best and worst experiences? Student 1: My best experience was finding my first boyfriend on [Grindr]. I never had sex with anyone on Grindr when I was in high school. It was always just oral or playful sex experiences. But sometimes it would get really sketchy; they would want more from you. It was always really dangerous, though; you are meeting up with a stranger, and you are [often] lying about your age.
I was 17 at the time.
I started being afraid of seeing these people in public. There was that feeling of being with my family and seeing someone I had been with secretly, but I just shoved these feelings under the rug.
INT: How is something like a Grindr meet-up different than meeting a random person at a bar and going home with them? What are you into sexually? You can just go online.
You can do it in five to 10 messages back and forth. It has made everyone more superficial.
INT: What is it like when you go to meet up with someone on Grindr? What kind of places do you meet at, and how do you decide who plays what role sexually? Student 1: I think Grindr is not talked about, ever. And they find Grindr and experiment with guys from a hook-up app.
It is not a good way to come out. I can see that happening to thousands of kids around the country. A lot of people are not even protective on it. It was profoundly unhealthy. I think [Grindr] could be used as a way to meet people, but you have to know what you are getting into. For the people that I spoke with, Grindr seems to be, for some, an introductory outlet for young, gay men to experiment with other men for the first time.
It would be safer, it seems, both physically and emotionally, if there were more easily searchable resources out there where you could talk to someone first before looking for answers by having sex with random people. If you do want to be having sex with random partners, make sure you really consider if the possible negative outcomes are worth a short-lived good time.
Learn more and donate. INT: Why do you or did you use Grindr? INT: Do you have any advice for people who want to start using Grindr?Tree senior sex date
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