The rules of the dating game
‘She invested in the company as a brother/sister partnership – we are very much the younger gay brother of Bumble.
Integral to the difference is their ‘Chappy scale’ which allows users to slide between ‘Mr Right’ to ‘Mr Right Now’ depending on whether they are looking for a relationship or something more casual.
The object of the game is simple: to roll your bowls to as close a proximity to the jack as possible, and to ensure that one or more of your bowls are closer to the jack than any of those of your opponent.
And woe to the ‘catfisher’ looking to prey here: the app also verifies people’s accounts through Facebook and users cannot display photos unless their faces are in it – another way it prides itself on being safe for users.
‘Immediately on Grindr and other apps you can send a pic of your dick immediately without speaking – that’s not happening on Chappy. To be clear we are not against dick pics – we are against unsolicited dic picks.’ Indeed, for a young man who has just come out as gay, a widower or long-time married gay man who is recently divorced, modern gay dating websites feel like taking off the L plate and jumping straight on the autobahn. ‘If you do send someone a sexy photo or chat – no other app sends a notification that the other person has screenshotted it.
‘Putting a private photo of a conversation or image of someone into a Whats App group to show all your friends or make fun is not a Chappy thing to do. No other app does this, by the way.’ And by setting it up this way they are reaching a massive new audience of gay men who have steered away from other, more aggressive or less concientious dating sites.
‘By putting in these rules we’ve managed to get people who never joined dating apps before.
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