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Grindr has revolutionised gay dating culture, according to a new PhD

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In news that probably won’t surprise many people, Grindr has apparently revolutionised dating for gay men.

That’s the finding of a new PhD thesis by Kristian Møller, postdoc at the IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“I found that a lot of people already in relationships searched for sexual partners,” Møller told videnskab.dk / ScienceNordic.

Grindr has revolutionised gay dating culture, according to a new PhD
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“In principle, it’s not surprising. But the interesting thing was the ways non-monogamous relationships were negotiated in relation to the hook-up app interface.”

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He added: “Gay culture has long been mediatised and closely knitted with communication technology.

“Having sex with other men has always depended on ‘spaces’ [hidden from authorities] in the city.

“Gay men have used media to create their own spaces, for example through contact advertisements. We use code words for each other and to go under the radar.”

The study found that Grindr offered a new avenue for gay men to make themselves known to one another, shifting the balance in the culture.

He added that the use of mobile apps has reversed the direction of travel of cruising back from the internet and the home to the streets.

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