Confessions of a Grindr Addict
Conspiratorial reminiscences and anecdotes make up this compelling take on dating in the modern age
This article is from 2012.
Felix is getting ready to go out for a date, his first in ages. For a long time he’s relied on meeting guys via location-based gay dating app Grindr, for not much more than, well, you know. The thought of an actual date, with the boy right there in front of him, fills him with dread and sends him running to the cheap sparkling wine.
What follows is a series of anecdotes about where Grindr can lead, from awkward encounters with male prostitutes to a surprisingly charming evening with a foot fetishist. The tone of the one-man show, written by and starring Gavin Roach, is conspiratorial, but too often feels exactly like listening to a drunk, neurotic friend who keeps boring on about their failed romantic experiences.
Nevertheless, Felix does occasionally brighten into rather sweet optimism, and he’s genuinely likeable. You want him to find love. This is a small story about little more than someone working himself up to go on a date, but it also tentatively manages to explore some interesting issues about the impact of technology on modern relationships.
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