It's always better, I think, to meet people in "real life" rather than on an app.
That's why I try to encourage a functional gay community.
Not orbiting the bars and limited to on-line (and somewhat artificial) life.
I think this is something that challenges the younger generation in a different way than my generation.
"Kids" today tend to be out to their friends, whereas 20-30 years ago they were mostly closeted.
Back when cell phones were rare (and didn't have screens) and before the internet. if you wanted to meet other gay people you had to leave your house (gasp!) and either go to a bar, cruise the streets or the appropriate bookstore or seek some form of gay social life.
Today "kids" can socialize with their straight friends, even bring a date or all go dancing at the gay (or straight) club.
Other times they can hit the apps.
Oddly enough, I met my first bf on-line as I was coming out at 23.
Lasted 2.5 years before we hit some irreconcilable differences.
My partner of 16 years I met at a funeral. He accompanied the guy he was dating.
I had just met someone (through friends) the night before and we dated for a few months.
When we met again, we were both single and the rest is history.
I know it's harder in smaller areas, where there is no critical mass, but I think one's best bet to find someone is not to look on an app where the only common denominator is being gay - and thus the majority of people are looking not for a relationship but sex. Not that there aren't great people out there (witness eagermuscle's story; I've also made friends on Grindr), but it's an uphill struggle.
Since you're in Houston, I'll add another story that goes back to GayBowl 2010.
That's the national gay flag football tournament, which that year was in Phoenix.
Two of my (Michigan) players met (independently) 2 players from Houston.
When GayBowl came back to Phoenix in 2013, the members of one couple proposed at the closing ceremony.
(Some of us knew that both sides were planning to do so and we had to make it work. lol.)
Here we are, 8 years later, and both couples are still together.
The only sad part for me is that both Michigan guys ended up moving to Houston.
Oh! That means you need to join the Houston team, meet a Michigan boy, and move up here.