Will the smartphone app Mench’d redefine the rules of online dating in the gay world? Created by Justin Maxx, Mench’d is a dating app exclusively for men looking for long-term romantic relationships. Unlike the other popular location-based dating apps like Grindr and Adam4Adam, this app is not solely for hookup purposes.
Justin Maxx hopes to help gay men around the world find deep and meaningful connections with a significant other. Instead of judging a person by their physical appearance, the app connects users by personality and compatibility level. When creating a profile, the user is required to fill out a series of questions in order to establish the user’s personality and comptability level. The app also provides an exact percentage of compatibility for each match in order to maximise the chances of finding a successful relationship.
While many gay men enjoy the single life of being young, wild and free, some of them get lonely from time to time and long for a more meaningful connection than a one-night stand. Many homosexuals have expressed their frustration with the gay dating world when using online platforms such as Man Crunch, Manjam and Camtogays, as the sites are exclusively designed for shallow men looking for “encounters” or one night stands. Many users have trouble sustaining a long term connection, as their connection with another user is based on lust and physical attraction.
Whenever physical appearance is not a priority on a dating site or a dating app, they are often criticised as being an online dating platform for “ugly” people. However, in order to establish a long term connection, it is important to look past the physical appearance of a person and instead focus on their inner beauty and personality. Looks fade, but wisdom and personality continue to grow over time.