When was the last time you struck up a conversation with a complete stranger at a bar, snared a boyfriend through a blind date or had a fling with some guy you met at a random concert? Everyone knows that the dating scene is online - unless you're willing to televise your quest for love and sign up for the second series of First Dates, in which case, bravo.
Dating and hook-up apps such as Grindr may have changed its dating scene, but one aspect of gay culture remains largely unchanged: its saunas.
Ireland has had gay saunas since at least the 1980s, although they’re rarely talked about in the mainstream media, or even in the LGBTQ community.
Looking at Tinder in more detail using four waves of data from August 2014 to May 2015 – a sample of 4,000 interviews – the gender split in Irish people using Tinder is about in favour of men.
The app is most popular with adults under the age of 25: 24% of 15 to 24-year-olds have an account, compared to 6% of 25 to 34-year-olds. As part of our Sex Week series, spoke to several people about how and why they use Tinder.
IRELAND’S ATTITUDE TO dating and, in particular, online dating has changed.