“The stigma around gay dating is actually perpetuated by these apps…
for us there is a chance to give a fresh face to gay dating and bring it into the 21st century,” Rogers says.
One thing both men are determined to distance Chappy from is “hook-up culture”.
Grindr, the most well-known existing app for gay men, and Tinder, where users can search for dates by gender, have long been associated with casual sex and hook-ups, although both apps have also been the foundation for many new millennial relationships.
“It avoids the first awkward 10 minutes of chatting where you are trying to figure out what someone wants or those first three dates before one of you just wants to hook up and the other is looking for something more serious," co-founder Jack Rogers said.
Locke also stresses that you can change the scale as and when you please depending on your mood.
Although expanding research has found that relationship characteristics can shape contraceptive use among young adults, limited research has examined how relationship characteristics intersect to form distinct types of relationships and how relationship types are linked to contraceptive use.
Data from the 2002–2005 rounds of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort were used to examine contraceptive use in 3,485 young adult dating relationships.
The app, which can be downloaded from the app store is being rolled out in London, New York City and Los Angeles and has been backed by Whitney Wolfe, the co-founder of Tinder and CEO of Bumble – the dating app where women have to initiate the conversation.
Last year she praised the shared values between Bumble and Chappy saying: “Bumble has made great strides for women in the dating scene and we believe Chappy will do the same for gay men.” Locke echoed this praising Bumble’s responsible, feminist and quality values saying they have been incorporated into Chappy.
Locke says that while he was coming out, the existing gay dating platforms left him “utterly terrified”.