Smartphone apps such as Grindr, Scruff or Recon are designed to make it easier for gay men to meet potential partners more quickly.
According to background material provided in the study, Grindr, one of the first gay male "hook-up" apps, garnered 2.5 million new users in 2012, and by 2013 its makers said that Grindr had 6 million users in 192 countries worldwide.
In between drinking copious amounts of beer, they took care of me, bringing me water, Gatorade, and medicine.
Even in my sweaty, phlegmy, semi-delirious state, I noted that one of them — a devastatingly handsome, sweet-natured guy I’ll call H — seemed to be dropping by more frequently than the others.
Even at midnight, you just log on, order, and wait 60 minutes. My therapist Sande, who has been with the company since it was founded in 2013, raves about it from a worker’s perspective (unlike at salons, massage therapists with Soothe keep 60% of the booking) and from the customer’s perspective.
She says that Soothe does plenty of outside-the-box stuff, beyond the usual couple’s massages (which you can book on the app at any time).
If you want it delivered immediately, you have to wait 60 minutes for arrival. No salon appointments, no booking four days ahead to work out last night’s kinks.
They’ve done gay and straight wedding showers where the couples and all their wedding party got massages at the rehearsal dinner, engagement party, or night before the big day. There are tons of poolside, outdoor, and beachy massage settings, and corporate parties and events where several Soothe therapists come in and give massages to the whole group.
There are plenty of things that make Soothe a winner, including the fact that you can pick the gender of your therapist, or if you liked your last therapist, ask if she or he is available.
However, the authors of the new study say the use of these technologies may raise the chances of anonymous and risky sexual encounters and the likelihood of getting an STD.
In the new study, about a third (34 percent) of the Los Angeles men said they only met prospective partners in person at a bar or club, for example.