LA Times - Jesús Gregorio Smith spends more time thinking about Grindr, the gay social media app, than most of its 3.8 million daily users. An assistant professor of ethnic studies at Lawrence University, Smith's research frequently explores race, gender and sexuality in digital queer spaces — ranging from the experiences of gay dating app users along the southern U.S. border to the racial dynamics in BDSM pornography. Lately, he's questioning whether it's worth keeping Grindr on his own phone.

Unless you are from the UK, you might not be familiar with the term “ChemSex” – but if you are a sexually active gay or bisexual man who has had any experience with Grindr or other social media “hook-up” apps, odds are good that you already know what it means.

In this country, we’ve been calling it “Party and Play” for nearly two decades.

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