Do heteros need a proximity detector? Gay hook-up service, Grindr, aims to find out

Posted by JD Uy
February 6, 2011 3:35 AM |

''It shows the whole range of gay men.... They just want to hook up.... I don't know that that's going to work for girls. They can walk into any bar and have that already.''

Grindr founder Joel SimkhaiNew York artist Scott Valentine speculating on the usefulness of a heterosexual version of Grindr. Valentines says has been using Grindr to ask its male users to sit for a portraiture project. (

Grindr is a mobile phone app that is wildly popular among gay men. And the company's founder, Joel Simkhai, neither takes responsibility for nor denies the result of his service: brief conversations that frequently result in easy and nearly anonymous sexual hook ups. He tells the Guardian that the heterosexual version will have to be different:

''For a straight woman, a guy who is 400ft away from her? So what. It happens all the time. We have got to provide more.... Grindr is very photo-centric. Women obviously want to see someone that they might find attractive, but they need to know more than that.''

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