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“I don’t know if I know anybody who has just plain never used one of these apps and who has actually had a romantic dating life,” the source said.On Virginia Tech’s campus, the LGBTQ+ student community is small and ever-changing.

“It's really hard to have that sought-after 'falling in love with your best friend' (feeling)," said Robbie Nealy, a sophomore industrial design major and member of the LGBTQ+ community.It did not make an account on Tinder due to the app’s policy of having a previously existing Facebook profile in order to create an account.Launched in 2009, Grindr is a geosocial networking application that facilitates the meeting of gay and bisexual men in a particular area.Grindr’s interface features a grid of square profiles, arranging men from nearest to farthest away.Though Virginia Tech is located in a college town where people are typically more progressive, being openly and/or expressively gay is something that is still difficult in a small, southern community.“When you’re talking about southwest Virginia as a whole, it is very different,” the anonymous source said.

“You have this nice little circle that is Blacksburg where you have students driving BMWs, and then you go 20 minutes away and you have trailers that don’t have electricity running to them.” The Collegiate Times went undercover as a man on the dating app Grindr from April 13 to April 20.

During this process, it did not answer any messages.

“Online dating used to be the punchline to a joke, and now it’s very real,” said a student and member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic and potential for retributive action, this source’s name is being withheld from publication.

As apps such as Tinder and Grindr become a common and increasingly acceptable way to meet romantic partners, finding a mate has become as easy as a swipe, a flirty message, or picture and a location.

This digital shift has affected not only college-aged students on a general scale, but it has had a unique impact on the LGBTQ+ community as well.

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