All those floating torsos and photos of faces are connected to real people in real places that are really only 500 feet away.
Being on Grindr isn't too different from being in the real world, so all those worries you have bottled up about him logging on need not apply.
Out in the real word, your boyfriend is just as likely to do all those things that you are scared of him doing on Grindr.
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Grindr isn't going to magically put a man in your bed; you choose that. A recent study by Eric Rice of the University of Southern California, Ian Holloway of the University of California (Los Angeles) and colleagues, published in the , gives us some really interesting data on how people are using Grindr in Southern California.
The researchers found that 84.3 percent of users use Grindr to just "kill time," while 78.7 percent are on to make new friends and 64.5 percent use it to connect to the gay community.
Of course, some may not like hearing that their boyfriend needs to "kill time" or wants to make new friends if you're in his life, but look at it this way: At least he isn't hooking up.
When I'm on Grindr and I come across someone I know who has a boyfriend, I usually giggle.
And after I stop giggling, I usually take a screen shot.
I do that not because I am going to tell this person's boyfriend or post it on Facebook but because I just want to have evidence for just a moment and think about all the "what ifs." What if I did send this photo and they were to break up?
What if he's really on Grindr just to pass the time and not to hook up?
After thinking about these questions and many others, I usually delete that screen shot and go on my merry way.
Recently, I received an email from a guy who'd discovered that his boyfriend had been episodically visiting Grindr and various other sites. Does your man go to work, go to the gym or even go outside?