There was a time when gay dating was an IRL affair, based around your local gay bar or well known cruising spot.
Now, finding a guy usually means grabbing a phone and browsing your options.
Since a change at the top in 2016, Grindr has been on a one-app mission to be the centre of gay universe, with big events, an online magazine and a gay emoji keyboard. Who it’s for: older, hairier, masc Scruff, as the name suggests, is the hairier, bearier alternative to Grindr.
The age range of users skews a little older than its main rival, and they are more uniformly of the muscular persuasion.
You have to log in through Facebook, so there’s much less room for anonymity.
Chappy is the brainchild of Made In Chelsea’s Ollie Locke, who was looking for something different from the other gay dating apps on the market.
While a lot of people decry the decline of gay bar culture, there’s no denying that dating apps are the most popular method of meeting people in 2018.
It works in much the same way as Scruff or Grindr, but with some additional features like more photos and the ability to see who’s been looking at your profile.
As is the case anywhere a lot of people gather, there’s something on Grindr for everyone – from one night stands and fuckbuddies to long term relationships.
That being said, if you’re looking for a brief encounter, Grindr will do the job, as it’s more of a free-for-all than some other apps with little restriction on who you can talk to.
You should be able to find both hookups or relationships on Jack’d, but it is a little more NSA friendly.
Who it’s for: everyone Hornet’s USP seems to be ‘we do Grindr better than Grindr’.
Being slightly more niche appeal than Grindr, Scruff doesn’t have the same critical mass of users, nor the cultural clout.