Dinesh Moorjani, co-founder of Tinder and CEO of Hatch Labs Inc.
where Tinder was created, says that another reason lesbian dating apps may have failed to prosper could be that investors don't see that 3.4 percent of America as a large enough market to tackle (never mind that gay and bi men make up about the same proportion of the population as gay and bi women, and Grindr has 10 times the users of Her).
Daatch's Google page reports primarily one star reviews, with one commenter saying, "The most useful thing about this app is finding all the lesbians complaining about it (me included)" and another saying, "Poor app, wouldn't let me upload pics and wouldn't save text, even had trouble to close my account. " The app later received $1 million in funding from investors and was rebranded as Her, which CEO and founder Robyn Exton says currently has just under one million users, and a much-improved 4.5 star rating on i Tunes.
The only other dating app for queer women to get much press at all was Scissr, whose rating in the i Tunes store is comprised only of 1 and 2 star reviews with one user saying, "Good concept but most users are inactive and the filter options don't work," which sounds like every queer dating app I've ever encountered.
A 2013 study from Liverpool Hope University that studied 126 lesbian and straight women with the average age of 27 found that lesbians had and wanted to have just as much casual sex as straight women.
But the gay women I talked to said they need to have some kind of connection to the other person, even if their only intention is to hook-up (which is often is). But now on Tinder everyone seems to be afraid of being too earnest.
"Tinder changed the landscape of online dating a little," my friend Nomi*, 30, who identifies as queer, said. Dating apps nowadays make me want to move to a cave in the mountains and change my name." Another friend of mine, also named Lindsay, 34, who also identifies as queer, echoed similar sentiments, saying that she hates lesbian dating app Her because it's too much like Tinder in all the wrong ways.