Four out of five men meet their partners on gay apps, according to new research.
The research, published in sexual health study Aids and Behaviour, discovered that over 80 percent of gay men last year met their long term boyfriend on apps such as Grindr and Jack’d.
Garrett Prestage, Professor of Sociology at the University of New South Wales, claims that the research debunks the myth that gay men use dating apps purely to hookup with each other.
He says that assuming app users are more likely to be infected with STIs only perpetuates the myth further, and insists that health organisations need to change their approach and stop assuming all gay men want the same thing.
“A more sensible approach is simply to accept that men are more likely to meet via online methods these days and make sure that there are appropriate online interventions and information,” he told the Star Observer.
He continued: “Instead, health bodies should use different messaging of different apps depending on whether users were looking for long term partners or simply a fuckbuddy.”
“You can’t just talk about ‘hook up apps’ because it covers too much, it would be the same as saying all gay bars are the same. Apps allow us to reach specific target audiences, such as younger men, Asian men and sexually adventurous men with messages customised for different apps,” he added.