After a U.K. man wrote to the Guardian about his addiction to hookup apps (“I spend hours and hours online looking at hook-up ads on my phone.”), we asked Queerty readers about their own hookup habits. Now, the results:
A total of 1,565 readers participated in our poll. 1,187 (76%) of you said you spend an average of 0-2 hours per day on hookup apps, and 295 (19%) said you spend an average of 3-6 hours per day.
43 (3%) of you reported that you spend between 7-9 hours per day on hookup apps, compared to 21 (1.3%) who say you spend 10 or more hours per day.
And then there are there are those of you who spend all day, every day on the prowl. A total of 19 (1.2%) Queerty readers said they are constantly on hookup apps 24/7.
We asked Jake Myers, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Los Angeles, what he thought of these results.
“Dating apps are a convenient way to meet guys and aren’t going anywhere any time soon,” he tells us. “Where it can get dicey is if you find yourself constantly checking them, and it’s easy to go down that rabbit hole.”
He continues, “Apps can become a quick way to get immediate gratification and can be very additive. Even the little rumble sound that Grindr makes when you have a new message can trigger a euphoric response.”
Jake’s advice? Log off from time to time.
“Pay attention to whether using the app is taking away from time that could be spent more productively,” he says. “If there are things being pushed aside because you’re spending too much time online, you might want to try a Grindr ‘detox.’ However, as long as it doesn’t affect the rest of your life in a negative way, why not take advantage of what technology has to offer?”