Similar to Tinder, the app also verifies people’s accounts through Facebook which Locke says was key to avoid those unwanted pornographic pictures.Additionally, users cannot display photos unless their faces are in it – another way in which it is priding itself on being safe for users.One thing both men are determined to distance Chappy from is “hook-up culture”.Grindr, the most well-known existing app for gay men, and Tinder, where users can search for dates by gender, have long been associated with casual sex and hook-ups, although both apps have also been the foundation for many new millennial relationships.Locke toldit is partly through his experiences of using dating apps to come to terms with his own sexuality which is why he co-founded Chappy.“I have had a really struggling coming out session in the last 10 years, it has obviously been quite well-documented but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I struggled.Chappy, a fusion of ‘choice’ and ‘happy’ is the brainchild of Ollie Locke – of fame – and Jack Rogers.
The main distinguishing feature is the ‘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.
Rogers goes even further to say the existing apps can be “dehumanising” and “archaic” and that they do not feel safe or responsible while Locke brands them “slightly vulgar”.
While Rogers is straight so will not be on the app, Locke certainly will be and is setting his preference to Mr Right.
I wanted to be able to find someone who I could bring to my friends who I had fallen for.” “Both of us identified that all the apps out there at the moment are very much casual dating apps which focus on facilitating hook-ups,” Rogers adds.
He claims that these apps only further fuelled existing negative stereotypes and long-standing myths surrounding the gay dating scene.