(Slate Magazine) -- The first thing you see when you open the app Grindr are men—or rather, parts of men. Faces and torsos confront you in tiny boxes, accompanied by spare descriptions (height, weight) and a crucial factor: physical proximity. One user might be 50 feet away, another 200; expand your range, and you can find a man far across town. Like what you see? Message to meet up. Whether you’ [more...]
(The Atlantic) -- A Gallup poll last week said that 47 percent of people in the U.S. understand homosexuality to be genetic. In 1978, that number was only 13 percent. Here's how Americans have tracked over recent decades in response to "In your view, is being gay or lesbian something a person is born with, or due to factors such as upbringing and environment?" As people's understanding changes, s [more...]
Nature vs. nurture: According to a new Gallup poll, more Americans than ever -- 47 percent -- believe that homosexuality is a genetic trait, and not the result of environmental factors (33 percent). The 14-point difference is the largest spread the Gallup poll has ever received for this question, which first was asked in 1978 (only 13 percent believed it was genetic in 1978). The poll also found [more...]
Ever wondered which state tweets the the most homophobic hate speech? A new project titled "Geography of Hate," created by students at Humboldt State University, can answer that question with an eye-opening map. Analyzing 150,000 homophobic, disability-related or racist tweets, the students created a geographic heat map and website. The worst (and best) states may surprise you.
Satisfied customers: The gay hookup app Grindr has only been around since 2009, but in that short amount of time it has already influenced how social networking apps and websites create location-based programming. But for now, Grindr may have the market cornered: "When users sign up, they know exactly what to expect: flirting and hooking up. Meanwhile, a Poke on Facebook may or may not have any r [more...]
Facebook knows you more than you think: A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has posited that sexual orientation, political preference and even basic personality traits can be decided simply by what you choose to "like" on Facebook. To see if the study has you pegged, click the link below, or visit the study's website at YouAreWhatYouLike.com. [more...]
Your personality test is back...you're just awful: Five years after being "forced" to offer membership to gay couples, eHarmony founder Neil Clark Warren is now admitting that the gay marriage issue tanked his company. The 78-year-old, who has been linked to Focus on the Family, had this to say about the future of the homosexual dating business: "I have said that eHarmony really ought to put up $ [more...]
Science 1, Attenborough 0: BBC Nature documentary director Sir David Attenborough has ruffled the feathers of academic Dr Brett Mills, who, after examining two decades of the esteemed director's films, found that family value references were assigned to a myriad of species, despite obvious film to the contrary. In one case, Attenborough insults a bird with multiple partners as "neglectful of the [more...]