Alex Cohen is on a date – sort of. He’s having Thai food in the Castro with his new friend Sean, whom he met through his iPhone, all the while texting nine other guys whom he might hook up with later.
They are “grinding,” the latest verb in the gay lexicon, which refers to the new gay dating app for the iPhone called Grindr. A revolutionary way to meet gay men, Grindr has eliminated the need for “gay-dar”; it uses GPS technology to download hundreds of pictures of available men within walking distance.
Alex and Sean can click on a man’s picture to start a text conversation, send pictures and, if they so desire, make arrangements for a rendezvous. There’s a number on each man’s photo, indicating how many feet away they are at that instant.
“It’s so much better than Web sites like Manhunt.net, where you have to send e-mails and wait for a response,” said Sean, 44. “It’s not like picking up men was difficult before, but this has changed it so that you don’t have to do any work whatsoever.”
No more need for a pickup line. No more accidentally hitting on straight guys. No more wondering whether the object of your desire is desirous of you. Goodbye, awkward two-hour date.
“I’d always be sitting in rooms and wonder, ‘Is that guy gay?’ And now you can find out in a more comfortable, modern way,” said 33-year-old Joel Simkhai of Los Angeles, a former online marketer who created Grindr in spring 2009.
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