It is not often that I read a story in the Financial Times that would be of interest or relevant to this blog so when I saw Grindr and Tinder: the disruptive influence of apps on gay bars in Disruption and Technology section I was intrigued enough to take a moment to read the article. It starts by sharing that more than seventy gay bars have closed over the past decade in London. A trend that wouldn’t be news to anyone who is a regular reader of this blog, because the same phenomenon has been occurring here in the United States too.
Dating Apps like Grindr and Tindr are often cited as contributing to the demise of gay bars. The article reinforces that supposition, writing that gay men tend to be more open to adopting new technologies. While I would agree that most of my gay friends are early adopters of technology, I do think that is a generalization. However, the article also cites the findings from a recent survey by Match.com that suggested 70% of gay relationships start online; a staggering figure which goes a long way in explaining why so many gay men say it is impossible to meet in social settings. Sergio and I met in the late 1990s on a dance floor at a (now closed) gay bar in Cambridge called Manray / Campus. I suppose the days of meeting someone from across the dancefloor must sound like a scene from an old movie to 20-something. If you’d like to read the full article on FT visit: Grindr and Tinder: the disruptive influence of apps on gay bars.