Grindr is a free networking app that uses the phone’s geolocation service to locate other men within close proximity. The app, once geo-located, displays pictures of potential hookups, arranged from nearest to farthest away. By tapping the picture will bring up the person’s profile, as well as the option to chat, send pictures, and share your location. With a growing and relatively robust LGBT&Q community in Cape Charles and Northampton, is Grindr an app that could be useful?
Grindr was the first gay geosocial app to launch in the iTunes App Store and has since become the largest and most popular gay mobile app community in the world. Grindr Xtra is the subscription version of Grindr, which allows loading up to 300 users at once, unlimited blocking of other users and the ability to filtering by age, height, weight, body type, ethnicity, looking for, and relationship status. One criticism is that it also allows users to filter out black men.
While Grindr has been more of a sensation in larger, more densely populated areas like New York or San Francisco, its popularity is also growing in smaller, more rural areas where folks may want to remain more discreet. Sources tell the Mirror that the app is somewhat useful, however, being able to search across the bay has been more the mode of operation, rather than finding hookups in Cape Charles.
One issue we have heard is that, for folks in a relationship, it was somewhat difficult to explain to their partner why they happened to have the Grindr app on their phone.