“About 7% of Tinder’s users are ages 13-17” according to Common Sense Media.Unfortunately, just because you are supposedly protected from adults on these apps (and remember someone can easily post a fake photo of a kid and lie about their age) doesn’t mean you are protected from the snares of the internet. We found the most significant LGBT bullying statistics at NOBullying." Indeed, describes itself as "clean, social, and fun." CEO Michael Belkin told me that this is very different from, say, Grindr: "If you go on Grindr, people change their headline sometimes to 'Visiting tonight, does anyone know the best place to go out?'" Belkin says he's launching because he became "disgusted by the tasteless torsos and imagery on gay social sites and apps." He wants "the good-taste part of the gay stereotype to gain traction with advertisers and cross the mainstream divide." In this, he has some very famous and tasteful investors -- old Pay Pal pals Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois, to name but two.) but that was the extent of our digital dalliances.Most of it happened in person: at school, on the bus, at the movies.When I was growing up, we did a little flirting and playful messaging through AOL Instant Messenger (gasp!
In 2007 GLSEN reported that 86% of the LGBT youth reported being bullied in school, but a newer study from 2013 by the National Center for Educational Statistics showed 27%.
Do you feel that the gay community is all too often symbolized by shiny torsos with a body fat percentage below 3? Some very clever Harvard types (are there any other kind?
Do you sense that when you think of gay apps, the first that comes to mind is Grindr? ) believe that, when it comes to apps, the gay community hasn't offered the full bloom of its most tasteful side. This, they claim, is "the only gay social app approved by the i Tunes store for 12-year-olds and older." Before you mount your high, sweaty horse and exert a moral gallop over the idea, might I say that this app doesn't have sex at its core? Here's an extract: "With an emphasis on good taste, is sleekly designed to easily lead users to the right event, restaurant, party, or vacation spot for the moment or upcoming calendar, where their friends are or plan to go soon." Just as Google tells you there are "right" ads and "wrong" ones, so here you can have access to the "right" events, rather than quiz night at your local Uzbek potato vodka bar.
Sometimes, though, we're at a loss as to where to find it.
Please remember, we're talking Harvard people here.