pazzy saidmaybe that would encourage you to actually go out to meet others instead of relying on dating apps to cut corners. sounds like way too many people are relying on shit like grindr and etc in order to socialize.
Yet you have to start somewhere. So to spin off my comment above, I'm sure that in NY there's such a large gay population that there is a "real life" (or "face-to-face") group for gay midgets who crochet or play chess.
Yet if you're in a college town (high turnover, maybe on average people coming out their sophomore or junior year), where there aren't quite as many gay groups or hangouts (I'm guessing your opinion of bars may be worse than of apps), it's a good place to start.
I've leveraged such apps to start the gay flag football team and recruit for the gay soccer team.
Maybe the pendulum is swinging back. Seems like into the 90s people were interested in various gay spaces (e.g. the "gay book club"), but as more and more people were out to their friends people saw that as self-segregating; why do I need a gay book club when I'm out to everyone in the [str8] book club? Why do I need to go to a gay bar if I'm out to my str8 friends and we can all go to any [str8] bar? Why do I need to play in a gay football league when I play in the university league?
I think this helped fuel the various websites/apps, because while people could go out and have a good time with their [mostly str8] friends, they weren't meeting many other gay people. So there was a need to go on-line not so much for socializing but for hookups or to find "the one".