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Queerty: Gay romance in the age of hook-up apps summarized in brutal TikTok video


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A British TikTok creator has seen a recent video go viral. It’s clearly touched a nerve with a large number of gay guys.

In it (click here or watch below), Joe (@jojofc88) portrays both himself as a man looking for love online, and his flatmate, a fellow gay singleton.

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First, Joe connects with someone online and agrees to go on a date. Fast forward five weeks and the new love interest is messaging Joe’s flatmate looking for a hookup. Joe reasons that this is OK as they’ve not discussed being exclusive yet and are taking things slowly (oh boy!).

This is followed by him receiving vague messages from his love interest days after he messages him. It ends with him receiving a message weeks later in the middle of the night. The man he dated wants to know if he’s awake, clearly just looking for a booty call.

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The video has had over 63k views. Many of the men commentating said that the clip was all too relatable.

“So accurate and so tragic – we are doomed haha,” said one.

“People keep saying they want to take is slow so they can hook up with other people. So misleading,” agreed another.

In fact, several women chimed in to say that this isn’t just a gay experience, but is one they’ve also encountered via Tinder.

“Not much different to my dating experience with guys,” said one woman. “Men will be men no matter who they like.”

Joe went on to state in the comments that he’s “learned not to sleep with a guy I’m dating unless I’m 100% certain he likes me too.”

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