Meeting new guys has never been easier, thanks to the burgeoning market for hookup apps featuring a range of nifty new features intended to one-up Grindr. In fact, the only bummer is how much work it is to toggle between apps on mobile devices and, once you’ve established a connection, how many guys promise more than they deliver. Fortunately, our friends over at Hookd have come up with a verification system for keeping those annoying flakes away.
Scroll down to learn more about Hookd plus these six other apps that will completely change your life (or at least your Saturday night)…
Whether you’re looking for love or simply someone lovely, Hookd’s unique verification process guarantees that all your heartfelt, articulate “sup, dude?” greetings are worth the time it took you to type the words. No more endless IMing with the married guy or the one who actually lives 100,000 feet away, not 100. Not only that. Members are spared awkward, unwanted conversations and the potential for harassment and bullying all too common on dating apps.
Indeed, eliminating those annoyances makes Hookd more fun. Scroll through full-screen images of available men in your area, “pass” on the ones you just aren’t into, and “hook” the ones that you are. If a guy you’ve liked hooks you back, boom, it’s on!
Shoot for the stars with Hookd Hundred, a page featuring most-liked men in your area. Video chat, and priority profile placement ensure you get first dibs on these guys and others.
This app is geared specifically towards older dudes and their admirers. Like other dating apps, Daddyhunt offers geolocation, profiles, and chat, but also features a photo feed. In other words: It’s a whole world of online daddies. What could be better?
At long last, here is an app geared specifically towards gay geeks, nerds, and gamers (basically, most of us). The rules for Flirtive are clear: Users must be friendly, funny, and polite or they’ll be booted from the app. They also must have a clear, high-res face pic (no shirtless selfies). Hooking up part of the game but it’s not the main point. The real purpose of Flirtive is to encourage “friends-first chat.” What’s that?
Hello, sailor! Looking for a sexy seaman in your area? Download BoyAhoy. The app allows you to search for guys by preference and proximity, as well as browse profiles and pictures, chat, see who’s been eyeing you, and more. So bottoms up, mateys! Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your first mate.
Find out where the bears are hibernating with GROWLr, an app designed exclusively for bears. With over two million users, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one in your neck of the woods. Grrrr.
Want to get tied up? Whipped? Spanked? Peed on? RECON is for you. This is the go-to place for gay and bi men into leather, kink and fetishes. And with over 1.2 million users in over 230 countries, there’s literally someone for every scene–and probably some scenes you haven’t even heard of yet.
Thinking about taking a trip? Don’t wait until you get there to find your next hot date. Download Hornet and arrange a meeting before your plane even touches down. This app lets you chat with guys near and far, in your city, or across the world. Which is great–you know how much we all like having a boy in every port. And with over four million users, your bound to find someone wherever your travels take you. Just be careful not to get stung.