what is “meet grindr”?
What if an app could give you superhuman powers such as X-ray vision so that you could see the people around you, through the steel and brick and sometimes their clothes? t if you could communicate with them as if through telepathy so that no one else knew? Welcome to the world of Grindr, the groundbreaking app that has completely shifted how gay men interact.
Grindr uses the GPS capabilities on smartphones to help its five million users around the world discover other users nearby to meet, whether it be for life or for fifteen minutes. The app is so popular and successful that a million users log in daily, spend an average of 45 hours monthly, and altogether send billions of messages yearly.
Meet Grindr: How One App Changed The Way We Connect illuminates the still-relatively new world of meeting online, exploring its ups and downs. How is Grindr more addictive than playing slot machines? Why are men on Grindr like jars of jam? What if Grindr is actually a game, and should it become more of a team sport? Meet Grindr uncovers some surprising answers, and along the way explores where design is subtly influencing users, how users could make better connections, and why — love it or hate it — Grindr has changed the way people connect.
Praise for Meet Grindr:
“[F]ull of handy observations about the app… The future of sex (and gaming) has never sounded more intriguing.” - Xtra
“With a charming sense of humor that doesn’t mind digressing… it’s hard to imagine a better introduction to Grindr or a more straightforward look at how technology is changing courtship, cruising culture and everything in between for queer men and everyone.
An impressive commentary on how technology continues to change the way people connect, which isn’t as niche as its subject matter might seem.” -Kirkus Reviews
“What an extremely thoughtful, well written, and well researched little volume. I’m impressed.” - Jonathan Crutchley, co-founder, Manhunt
“Full of insightful comments, observations, and statistics.” - Carl Sandler, CEO, Mister
Meet Grindr in the News
Look who has met Meet Grindr:
The book on March 11 hit #4 on Amazon Kindle’s top nonfiction gay and lesbian ebooks!
Catch Jaime on an upcoming episode of NPR’s “On The Media!”
New York Times: “How Grindr Is Changing the Way We Connect”
Huffington Post: “Is Grindr A Slot Machine In My Pocket?”
Torontoist: “Arguing the Cultural Importance of Grindr”
Austin Chronicle: “Know Thyself … and Then Log On?”
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