The problem is that by doing so, these young men are making themselves incredibly vulnerable to exploitation, sexual abuse and even rape.
They are risking both their physical and mental health, and they are willing to do it because they crave the love, acceptance and security they haven’t found at home, in their communities or within the educational system.
When I was younger, more inhibited and less trusting of others, I used to hang around on Gaydar for hours, chatting with men I wasn’t even brave enough to meet.
At the time, I used to berate myself quite severely for it, but I may have been doing myself a favour.
Although gay dating sites provide a useful platform in allowing men to meet each other, Christopher Halton writes for Pink News of how they can also put some gay men at risk.
They may also be uneducated in regards to gay sex, isolated and emotionally vulnerable, with the result being that they look for validation in the arms of strangers.So don't be surprised that they claim this is "the only app that combines social networking, event ticketing, attendee visibility, location-based services, and hot-spot locating with predictability and in real time." That's the lovely thing about techies. After all this information, you're probably feeling a need for hotness coming on.What is surely cool, however, about this initiative is that it promises to be your "well-connected, in-the-know, VIP gay friend." We all need one of those, don't we? If any of these men had been abusive or put pressure on me to do things I wasn’t comfortable doing, I could well have found myself going along with them.A decade ago, I just didn’t have the emotional confidence to refuse.I always figured that there would be other guys like me on Grindr. It is unprintable in its original guise, but the subtext was that this ‘gentleman’ was going to come and find me and then forcibly penetrate me whether I liked it or not.