M y friend — call him Henry — thinks that we should start at the Equinox gym. But the place is crowded. The checkout line snakes around the stacked packs of organic beer almost to the door. By playing, I do mean playing: I have been happily married for a year and a half, and am not looking for dates, just subjects to chat with.
My editor asked me to write a piece on what seems to be a perennial question: Most of them seem to boil down Grindr for straight stereotypes. They go something like: Straight women are frigid. Heterosexuality always has been, and always will be, a sad compromise between men who want to get as much sex for as little Grindr for straight as women can wheedle out of them, etc. I think these stereotypes are both unkind and untrue. I wanted to see whether I could come up with something better.
I reactivate my Tinder account. He gets on Grindr. We spend a night hopping from bar to bar together and see what kinds of romantic or sexual prospects each of these apps presents us. But I still fret about the ethics of it.
Because Tinder simply draws photos Grindr for straight Facebook, my husband is in most of mine. I joke about the caged tiger he is crouching over in one of his. My initial hypothesis is that Tinder is the Grindr for straight people. Of the different apps that tried to corner the market circaTinder certainly seems to have been the most successful. However, Henry — who uses both — is skeptical of the idea that the two apps are comparable. That immediacy makes hookups much more possible than I think Tinder does.
Both Grindr and Tinder are mobile dating apps that rely on geolocation technology: Grindr, which is geared toward gay and bisexual men, came first; it launched in Tinder followed in They are similar in purpose but their designs are different.
"Grindr for straight" displays just one person at a time, while Grindr presents a grid of active users, listed in order of how close they are to you in space.