Grindr gives you a new way to access the places where you already are. In effect, the political goals of the gay village, having succeeded, partially obviate the need for gay enclaves. Lastly, I describe the kinds of socializing that Grindr use enables and the kinds of negotiations and etiquettes users engage in to communicate.
While the service is indubitably popular, its announced reason for being remains deliberately vague. Maeve Duggan and Joanna Brenner, We do not invent the terms Introduction Locative media and gay representations Embodiment and inscription Straight rules of our online interactions anew every time we operate an interface.
Mobile interface theory: Embodied space and locative media.
But participation in this space is not entirely spontaneous or unstructured; it is partly determined through interaction with the material infrastructure of smartphone computing and a series of signs contained in the system.
That is to say, Grindr is astonishingly local. Michael J. Gorbach, Cathy J.
ProducersMcMurtry, L. In effect, the political goals of the gay village, having succeeded, partially obviate the need for gay enclaves. Queer as folk [Television Series]. Morning foreplay session with
Weiss and Samenow called for research into sex addiction specifically mentioning Grindr as a potential place to look for problematic behaviors. Patricia Brown, Where other information and communication technologies ICT claim to obviate space and time, Grindr works through propinquity: users of the service navigate a representation of other nearby users ranked according to distance.
Grindr is as much about bodies as it is about faces. Like all forms of ethnography, autoethnography may be seen by many as ungeneralizable, but the attempt made here is not so much to describe fundamental laws that describe all aspects of locative media, but to develop theoretical understanding and qualitative categories.
Because I live in a gay village West Hollywood or Weho, an independent, self—governed gay city within Los Angeles County with its own laws, mayor, city council, and police force , the Grindrscape near home is populated with comparatively older, whiter, and more professional men, although there certainly exists considerable variety among users during any given session.