Time Consuming Apps

Loneliness, validation, and impulse; on a daily basis most users of dating sites are spending more time swiping than they are taking care of their health through diet and exercise. All over the globe Tinder users devote over ninety minutes and Grindr users spend up to two hours a day on the mobile app. In comparison, a little over 4% of American adults exercise thirty minutes a day.

Other Apps similar to Tinder/Grindr that should be included in this discussion are (in no particular order): Pure, Down, Growlr, Hinge, Hornet, Blendr, Jack’d, Happen, OKCupid, Wapa, How About We, Scruff, Plenty of Fish, Inner Circle, Bumble, Loveflutter, Luxy, Tastebuds, Her, Surge, Romeo.

These apps satisfy the instant gratification of accessing those with similar interests and helps to fill a void that is a rising concern in America. American Sociological Review reported in ‘06 that nearly 54% of citizens in the USA are without friends they would consider “close”. This statistic was only around 35% in ‘85.

A result from lack of these close connections, Grindr use has increased by 33% since 2013. The connections made through social apps, however, can have the opposite effect and further distance us from our actual social life and current friends and family.
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How Tinder/Grindr Works

While becoming “friends” is a commonly described intention on Tinder and Grindr bios, let’s be honest, most connections are made by a physical attraction to the other person. A mutual attraction from the same person then leads to a “match”. Once matched you are able to send messages, in an attempt to connect. Initial interesting conversations can drop to silence, sometimes within the first week. So the search for connection continues.

How do you react if this person on an app doesn’t respond to your message?

Many users find that messages go unanswered and don’t know why. This lack of connection can be destructive to someone looking for validation through the app. So users start to adapt and dive straight into the hookup culture that has become more and more accessible through the apps.

Is Tinder and Grindr All About Sex?

Developing a connection is important to sexual relationships as it creates a bond and energy that goes unmatched when created naturally. This energy resonates throughout your approach to everyday tasks and produces endorphins that not only help your sex life but the success you have at work, in an exercise routine and overall happiness.

When using Tinder and Grindr strictly to hook up, the distancing from these real connections becomes further and further, as there is no time to develop a lasting bond. “Tinder demands a certain amount of emotional dissociation — to distance oneself from emotions by treating connecting to others as a game.” source: The New Inquiry
Not only is there a lack of long-term connection, but the potential desire to fulfill a sexual goal can now become the reason for matching on the app. A once innocent approach to “dating”, has turned into “playing the game”. This can also lead to the beginning of a sex addiction that didn’t exist prior to using the app.

Chemsex Risks of HIV and STIs

On the rise through hookup sites and apps, is the agreement to chemsex. Chemsex, also referred to as “party & play” or “P and P” generally involves the use of some form of arousal enhancing drugs. These drugs vary from GHB to Meth to Viagra and in the UK a synthetic drug called Mephedrone is heavily used, which wasn’t banned in the US until October 1st, 2012.

While there has recently been an increase in discussion regarding heterosexual chemsex hookups, most chemsex encounters are organized by gay men. Chemsex usually consists of groups of men going on 24-72 hour sex and drug binge, men participating in chemsex have stated they shared over 30 partners during this time frame.

Sharing several partners, many of whom are participating in unprotected sex, increases the likelihood of obtaining a sexually transmitted disease.

STDs To Be Aware Of

AIDS & HIV – virus that eradicates T-helper cells, a white blood cell, commonly called CD4 cells, then invades the immune system.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis – frequently treated STDs from the result of a bacterium that acts like a virus.
NOTICE: Antibiotic Resitant Gonorrhoea on the Rise

Scabies, MC, Pubic Lice, Warts, Herpes – skin irritants generally located near the pubic region of the body.

Hooking Up on Dating Apps in the Following Cities or Area Codes Increases the Risk of STDs

These are The Most Sexually Diseased Cities in the USA

Position Town | Zip Codes # of STDs # STDs /1,000 People
#1 Montgomery, Alabama | 36104, 36105, 36106, 36107, 36108, 36109, 36110, 36111, 36112, 36113, 36114, 36115, 36116, 36117, 36119, 4371 18.99
#2 St. Louis, Missouri | 63139, 63150, 63147, 63160, 63101, 63103, 63102, 63104, 63107, 63106, 63109, 63108, 63111, 63110, 63113, 63112, 63115, 63116, 63118, 63120 5942 18.67
#3 West Memphis, Arkansas | 72301, 72303, 72364, 72376 859 17.17
#4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19111, 19112, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19118, 19119, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19123, 19124, 19125, 19126, 19127, 19128, 19129, 19130, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19135, 19136, 19137, 19138, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19142, 19143, 19144, 19145, 19146, 19147, 19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154 26151 16.89
#5 Norfolk, Virginia | 23502, 23503, 23504, 23505, 23507, 23508, 23509, 23510, 23513, 23517, 23518, 23523 4013 16.32
#6 Baltimore, Maryland | 21201, 21202, 21205, 21206, 21207, 21208, 21209, 21210, 21211, 21212, 21213, 21214, 21215, 21216, 21217, 21218, 21222, 21223, 21224, 21225, 21226, 21230, 21231, 21234, 21236, 21237, 21239, 21251 10134 16.31
#7 Richmond, Virginia | 23173, 23219, 23220, 23221, 23224, 23226 3248 15.44
#8 New Orleans, Louisiana | 70112, 70113, 70114, 70115, 70116, 70117, 70118, 70119, 70122, 70124, 70125, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70130, 70131, 70139, 70163 5614 15.20
#9 Killeen, Texas | 76541 4887 15.12
#10 Fayetteville, North Carolina | 28301, 28303, 28304, 28305, 28306, 28307, 28308, 28310, 28311, 28314, 28390 9060 14.32
#11 Washington, District of Columbia | 20001, 20002, 20003, 20004, 20005, 20006, 20007, 20008, 20009, 20010, 20011, 20012, 20015, 20016, 20017, 20018, 20019, 20020, 20024, 20032, 20036, 20037, 20045, 20052, 20053, 20057, 20064, 20202, 20204, 20228, 20230, 20240, 20245, 20260, 20307, 20317, 20319, 20373, 20390, 20405, 20418, 20427, 20506, 20510, 20520, 20535, 20540, 20551, 20553, 20560, 20565, 20566, 20593 9060 14.32
#12 Bronx, Ney York | 10453, 10457, 10460, 10458, 10467, 10468, 10451, 10452, 10456, 10454, 10455, 10459, 10474, 10463, 10471, 10466, 10469, 10470, 10475, 10461, 10462,10464, 10465, 10472, 10473 19847 14.09
#13 Monroe, Louisiana | 71201, 71202, 71209 2178 14.01
#14 Amarillo, Texas | 79101, 79102, 79103, 79104, 79106, 79107, 79108, 79109, 79110, 79111, 79118, 79119, 79121, 79124 1701 13.90
#15 Jackson, Mississippi | 39157, 39174, 39201, 39202, 39203, 39204, 39206, 39211, 39216, 39217, 39269 3453 13.88
#16 Indianapolis, Indiana | 46113, 46183, 46201, 46202, 46204, 46205, 46208, 46214, 46217, 46218, 46219, 46220, 46221, 46222, 46224, 46225, 46226, 46235, 46236, 46239, 46241, 46254, 46259, 46268, 46278 12608 13.71
#17 Shreveport, Louisiana | 71047, 71101, 71103, 71104, 71105, 71106, 71108, 71109, 71115, 71118 3461 13.46
#18 Milwaukee,Wisconsin | 53154, 53202, 53203, 53204, 53205, 53206, 53207, 53208, 53210, 53211, 53213, 53214, 53215, 53216, 53218, 53222, 53224, 53226, 53233, 53235, 53295 12832 13.43
#19 Pine Bluff, Arkansas | 71601, 71602, 71603 992 13.27
#20 Virginia Beach, Viginia | 23451, 23452, 23453, 23454, 23455, 23456, 23457, 23459, 23460, 23461, 23462, 23464 1270 13.16
#21 Carbondale, Illinois | 62901, 62902, 62903, 62966 786 13.08
#22 Rocky Mount, North Carolina | 27801, 27803 716 12.79
#23 Gallup, New Mexico | 87305 916 12.54
#24 Lafayette, Louisiana | 70501, 70503, 70506 902 12.18
#25 Orangeburg, South Carolina | 29117 1091 11.92
#26 Memphis, Tennessee | 38018, 38103, 38104, 38105, 38106, 38107, 38108, 38109, 38111, 38112, 38114, 38115, 38116, 38117, 38118, 38119, 38122, 38126, 38127, 38128, 38131, 38132, 38141, 38152 11068 11.76
#27 Sumter, Soth Carolina | 29152 1271 11.76
#28 Detroit, Michigan | 48201, 48202, 48203, 48204, 48205, 48206, 48207, 48208, 48209, 48210, 48211, 48212, 48213, 48214, 48215, 48216, 48217, 48219, 48221, 48223, 48224, 48225, 48226, 48227, 48228, 48233, 48234, 48235, 48236, 48238, 48239, 48240, 48243 21056 11.74
#29 Decatur, Illinois | 62521, 62522, 62523, 62526, 62535, 62554 1293 11.74
#30 Clarksville, Tennessee | 37040, 37042, 37043 2118 11.48
#31 Hattiesburg, Missouri | 39406 882 11.47
#32 Hampton, Virginia | 23605, 23651, 23661, 23663, 23664, 23666, 23669 1566 11.44
#33 Greenville, North Carolina | 27858, 28590 1974 11.43
#34 Cincinnati, Ohio | 45202, 45203, 45204, 45205, 45206, 45207, 45208, 45209, 45212, 45214, 45216, 45217, 45219, 45220, 45223, 45224, 45225, 45226, 45227, 45229, 45230, 45231, 45232, 45239, 45243 9076 11.43
#35 Greenwood, South Carolina | 29646 786 11.26
#36 Birmingham, Alabama | 35061, 35064, 35068, 35094, 35117, 35126, 35127, 35203, 35204, 35205, 35206, 35207, 35208, 35209, 35210, 35212, 35213, 35215, 35217, 35218, 35221, 35222, 35223, 35228, 35233, 35234, 35235, 35242, 35243, 35254 7267 11.01
#37 Newport News, Virginia | 23601, 23602, 23603, 23604, 23606, 23607, 23608 1988 11.00
#38 Cleveland, Ohio | 44101, 44103, 44104, 44105, 44106, 44107, 44111, 44112, 44113, 44114, 44115, 44117, 44119, 44120, 44121, 44125, 44127, 44134 13733 10.85
#39 Tallahassee, Florida | 32301, 32303, 32304, 32305, 32308, 32309, 32310, 32311, 32312, 32317, 32399 3068 10.81
#40 Columbus, Georgia | 31901, 31903, 31904, 31906, 31907, 31909, 31999 624 10.79
#41 Jackson, Tennessee | 38301, 38305 1040 10.54
#42 Longview, Texas | 75601, 75602 1286 10.48
#43 Little Rock, Arkansas | 72135, 72201, 72202, 72204, 72205, 72209, 72211, 72212, 72223, 72227 4063 10.44
#44 Lynchburg, Virginia | 24501 805 10.43
#45 Peoria, Illinois | 61528, 61602, 61603, 61606, 61614, 61615, 61616, 61625 1954 10.43
#46 Kansas City, Missouri | 64081, 64082, 64101, 64102, 64105, 64106, 64108, 64109, 64110, 64111, 64112, 64113, 64114, 64123, 64124, 64125, 64126, 64127, 64128, 64129, 64130, 64131, 64132, 64134, 64138, 64139, 64145, 64146, 64147, 64149, 64150, 64152, 64153, 64154, 64155, 64156, 64157, 64158, 64164, 64165, 64166, 64167, 64192 7050 10.40
#47 Roanoke, Virgina | 24011, 24013, 24014, 24016, 24017 1014 10.40
#48 Anchorage, Arkansas | 99501, 99502, 99503, 99504, 99505, 99506, 99507, 99508, 99513, 99515, 99516, 99517, 99518, 99540, 99567, 99577, 99587 3102 10.38
#49 Show Low, Arizona | 85901 1110 10.36
#50 Lawton, Oklahoma | 73501, 73503, 73505, 73507 1309 10.35
#51 Albany, Georgia | 31701, 31705, 31707, 31721 978 10.34
#52 Florence, South Carolina | 29501, 29505, 29506, 29541 702 10.30
#53 Mobile, Alabama | 36575, 36602, 36603, 36604, 36605, 36606, 36607, 36608, 36609, 36613, 36615, 36617, 36618, 36619, 36688, 36693, 36695 4249 10.26
#54 Macon, Georgia | 31201, 31204, 31206, 31207, 31210, 31211, 31213, 31217 1602 10.23
#55 Greensboro, North Carolina< | 27214, 27235, 27282, 27301, 27313, 27358, 27401, 27403, 27405, 27407, 27408, 27409, 27410, 27455 5121 10.22
#56 Denver, Colorado | 80110, 80202, 80203, 80204, 80205, 80206, 80207, 80209, 80210, 80211, 80214, 80218, 80219, 80222, 80223, 80224, 80226, 80227, 80230, 80232, 80236, 80237, 80238, 80239, 80246, 80249, 80264, 80290, 80293, 80294 6453 10.17
#57 Augusta, Georgia | 30904 2037 10.05
#58 Durham, North Carolina | 27503, 27701, 27703, 27704, 27705, 27709, 27712 2789 9.97
#59 San Francisco, California | 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94112, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94127, 94129, 94130, 94131, 94132, 94133, 94134, 94158 8141 9.85
#60 Opelousas, Louisiana | 70570 824 9.84
#61 Gainesville, Florida | 32601, 32603, 32605, 32606, 32607, 32608, 32609, 32612, 32641 2471 9.82
#62 Florence, South Carolina | 29501, 29505, 29506, 29541 1350 9.78
#63 Corpus Christi, Texas | 78370, 78373, 78374, 78401, 78402, 78404, 78405, 78406, 78407, 78408, 78409, 78410, 78411, 78412, 78413, 78414, 78415, 78416, 78417, 78418, 78419 3395 9.76
#64 Jacksonville, North Carolina | 28543, 28544, 28547 1786 9.74
#65 Boston, Massachusetts | 02108, 02109, 02110, 02111, 02113, 02114, 02115, 02116, 02118, 02119, 02120, 02121, 02122, 02124, 02125, 02126, 02127, 02128, 02129, 02130, 02131, 02132, 02134, 02135, 02136, 02151, 02152, 02163, 02199, 02203, 02210, 02215, 02467 7246 9.73
#66 Manhattan, New York | 10001, 10002, 10003, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10008, 10009, 10010, 10012, 10013, 10014, 10016, 10017, 10018, 10019, 10020, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10024, 10025, 10027, 10028, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10036, 10037, 10038, 10039, 10040, 10041, 10048, 10055, 10101, 10103, 10104, 10105, 10106, 10107, 10108, 10110, 10111, 10112, 10113, 10116, 10118, 10119, 10120, 10121, 10122, 10123, 10128, 10150, 10151, 10152, 10153, 10154, 10155, 10158, 10159, 10162, 10165, 10166, 10167, 10168, 10169, 10170, 10171, 10172, 10173, 10174, 10175, 10176, 10177, 10178, 10249, 10256, 10268,
10270, 10271, 10276, 10278, 10279, 10280, 10281, 10282, 10286
15706 9.70
#67 Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina | 27870, 27890 523 9.68
#68 Bakersfield, California | 93220, 93301, 93304, 93305, 93306, 93307, 93308, 93309, 93311, 93312, 93313, 93314 8224 9.60
#69 Belleville, Illinois | 62208, 62220, 62221, 62223, 62226, 62243 2567 9.54
#70 Lumberton, North Carolina | 28360 1285 9.48
#71 Tuscaloosa, Alabama | 35405, 35446, 35456 1882 9.47
#72 Odessa, Texas | 79761, 79762, 79763, 79764, 79766 1365 9.45
#73 Columbia, South Carolina | 29044, 29045, 29061, 29063, 29147, 29202, 29203, 29204, 29205, 29207, 29208, 29210, 29212, 29225, 29229 3724 9.45
#74 Meridian, Missouri | 39307 745 9.28
#75 Dothan, Alabama | 36305, 36345, 36350 953 9.21
#76 Winston-Salem, North Carolina | 27104, 27109, 27110 3274 9.14
#77 Columbus, Ohio | 43002, 43004, 43016, 43017, 43026, 43035, 43054, 43065, 43081, 43082, 43085, 43119, 43123, 43137, 43147, 43201, 43202, 43203, 43204, 43205, 43206, 43207, 43210, 43211, 43212, 43213, 43214, 43215, 43217, 43219, 43220, 43221, 43222, 43223, 43224, 43227, 43228, 43229, 43230, 43231, 43235, 43240 10916 9.13
#78 Waco, Texas | 76701, 76704, 76707, 76710, 76798 2179 9.12
#79 Louisville, Kentucky | 40208 6842 9.11
#80 Charleston, South Carolina | 29401, 29403, 29405, 29407, 29409, 29412, 29414, 29424, 29445, 29450, 29455, 29464, 29487, 29492 3270 8.95
#81 Lubbock, Texas | 79382, 79401, 79403, 79406, 79407, 79410, 79411, 79412, 79413, 79414, 79415, 79416, 79423, 79424 2545 8.90
#82 Houma, Louisiana | 70360 996 8.90
#83 Jacksonville, Florida | 32202, 32204, 32205, 32206, 32207, 32208, 32209, 32210, 32211, 32212, 32216, 32217, 32218, 32219, 32221, 32222, 32223, 32224, 32225, 32226, 32227, 32228, 32244, 32246, 32250, 32254, 32256, 32257, 32258, 32277 7815 8.88
#84 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois | 61801, 61820, 61821, 61802 1804 8.87
#85 Prince George’s County Beltway | 20703, 20705, 20707, 20706, 20708, 20710, 20712, 20716, 20715, 20718, 20720, 20722, 20721, 20725, 20735, 20737, 20740, 20742, 20744, 20743, 20746, 20745, 20748, 20747, 20762, 20769, 20771, 20770, 20773, 20772, 20774, 20607, 20782, 20608, 20781, 20784,
20783, 20613, 20787, 20785, 20623
7767 8.81
#86 Springfield, Illinois | 62701, 62711 1754 8.80
#87 Valdosta, Georgia | 31698 1008 8.79
#88 Gadsden, Alabama | 35905, 35906 915 8.76
#89 Chicago, Illinois | 60018, 60068, 60176, 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, 60605, 60606, 60607, 60608, 60609, 60610, 60611, 60612, 60613, 60614, 60615, 60616, 60617, 60618, 60619, 60620, 60621, 60622, 60623, 60624, 60625, 60626, 60628, 60630, 60631, 60632, 60634, 60636, 60637, 60639, 60640, 60641, 60642, 60643, 60644, 60645, 60646, 60647, 60649, 60651, 60652, 60653, 60654, 60655, 60656, 60657, 60659, 60660, 60661, 60706, 60707, 60714 45834 8.76
#90 Fresno, California | 93650, 93701, 93702, 93703, 93704, 93705, 93710, 93711, 93721, 93722, 93726, 93728, 93730 8257 8.71
#91 Morgan City, Louisiana | 70339 463 8.62
#92 Kinston, North Carolina | 28501 510 8.61
#93 Gaffney, South Carolina | 29341 478 8.58
#94 Brooklyn, New York | 11201, 11206, 11207, 11208, 11209, 11202, 11203, 11204, 11205, 11210, 11211, 11212, 11213, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11221, 11222, 11223, 11224, 11225, 11214, 11215, 11216, 11217, 11226, 11228, 11229, 11230, 11235, 11236, 11237, 11238, 11245, 11247, 11249, 11256, 11231, 11232, 11233, 11234, 11239, 11241, 11242, 11243, 11251, 11252 21987 8.56
#95 Toledo, Ohio | 43604, 43607, 43608, 43609, 43610, 43612, 43613, 43620 3753 8.56
#96 Dover, Delaware | 19901, 19902, 19903, 19904, 19905, 19906 1428 8.51
#97 San Antonio, Texas | 78056, 78073, 78202, 78203, 78204, 78205, 78207, 78208, 78210, 78211, 78214, 78215, 78217, 78218, 78220, 78221, 78222, 78224, 78225, 78226, 78227, 78229, 78230, 78231, 78234, 78235, 78237, 78242, 78243, 78245, 78247, 78248, 78249, 78250, 78251, 78252, 78253, 78257, 78258, 78259, 78260, 78264 15193 8.50
#98 Newark, New Jersey | 07102, 07103, 07104, 07105, 07106, 07108, 07111, 07112, 07114 6700 8.50
#99 Huntsville, Texas | 77320, 77340, 77342 580 8.47
#100 Fort Polk South, Louisiana | 71459 456 8.46

If you are overusing or addicted to using social dating apps, Prescott House can help teach you the tools needed to break free from addiction to lead a healthy and productive life.

Additional Content Resources:
https://www.metro.us/mind-and-body/stds-rise-online-dating
https://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2016/5/05/grindr-tinder-scruff-recipe-loneliness
https://www.rentapplication.com/these-are-the-most-sexually-diseased-cities-in-the-usa/

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