There’s an App for That

yay-6943520Online Dating has been around for as long as the internet has, and with over 8.5 million Australians owning a Smartphone or tablet it’s only natural that the dating realm has moved to something more mobile.

Most of us have talked to a guy or girl online and many have taken the step to meet that stranger in person. The question that grinds our weary minds is which app is best for what you want. Which is in itself is an important step to take before plunging into the digital dating world. What do you want? ‘Friends’, ‘fun’, ‘long-term relationship’, ‘networking’, or just a cheeky ‘chat’? I look at some of the most popular gay dating apps currently available to figure out which one will help you find your match.

atraf appAtraf

As with all apps you have to create a profile and interestingly with this one you’re not gay, bi, straight or other but instead enter how attracted you are to men or women on a scale. Navigation is simple and you’ll find all of the features you’d expect on any of the other premium paid apps with lockable photos and search options.

thumbs_up  Most of the features normally listed as premium like blocking come standard.

thumbs_dwn  Not as many members and those online don’t really seem to be online.

guyspy appGuy Spy

Clearly more of a hook up app you can search for your perfect man with categories including age, ethnicity, role, location and/or distance and if you’re a guy who’s been around town you can stay up to date with the premium search feature “Fresh Meat”. You’re able to record a voice greeting though I wonder how monitored these might be for offensive content? Profiles are lined up in the usual grid and for the creepy stalker kind, just open up the map and see the pinned locations of users.

thumbs_up  Straight to the point, let’s get it on.

thumbs_dwn  Your next stalker could literally find where you live and be outside your bedroom window.

growlr appGROWLr

Here’s one for the grizzly bears, cubs, otters, chubs, daddies and boys. Search for guys locally, swap pictures with guys all over the world and browse some lists of guys that match your everything. With features like check-ins, blogs, notes, chatting and simply perving Growlr presents a true online community experience.

thumbs_up  Plenty of guys in a truly different setting.

thumbs_dwn  Some of the features like Bars and Events aren’t used to their full advantage in WA.

manhunt appManhunt

Manhunt have been around for some time and with the release of their mobile app you can access the site on the go. Restrictions on profiles means you can’t see photos showing nudity though the ability to flick between searches for guys on their phones, desktops, online and/or with a filter means you can search for husband material or hook ups depending on your mood. If you like the app, pay for the membership for unlimited blocks, saved searches, unlimited messages and ability to open photos.

thumbs_up  Loads of guys of all different walks of life, push notifications that work means you’ll never miss a message.

thumbs_dwn  Can’t access full profiles. No online chat. Download the app to upload profile photos from your phone then access the mobile site and save the bookmark on your home screen for every inch of the action.

grindr appGrindr

Ah Grindr. Probably the most well known and used gay social app out. Since its release in 2009, Grindr boasts 6 million users spending on average 1.5 hours every day. The app uses your device’s geolocation and plots out a grid of local men. New updates allow you to filter search by “Tribes” so you can narrow results even more than before. Pay for the subscription to eliminate pesky ads, get more men and save photos for quick resending.

thumbs_up  More users than any other app.

thumbs_dwn  Sometimes glitchy.

tinder appTinder

Unspoken is the amount of gays hitting up the ‘straight’ apps, nabbing the curious or not-out hetro hotties on their sexual escapades. I’ve become a fan of Tinder, not for aforementioned but for the simplicity and with the clever Facebook integration you have some reassurance of the ‘realness’ of the profiles. Based on a hot or not type of matching you’re matched if you both ‘like’ each other. You can also play matchmaker for your friends!

thumbs_up  You know the other person clicked like before you start chatting… Minimal rejection is good for the ego.

thumbs_dwn  The chat function is limited in comparison to other apps. Sometimes matches based on only one common interest from your Facebook page likes.


Ryan Boldison

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