They may be geographically remote, or part of a constrained social group.
Or they could just be lonely and looking for friends or a partner.
However, before you do so, it is worth establishing what it is you are looking for.
Websites such as quizzes to help you assess your situation: these may be for teenagers who think they’re in love, but the questions are just as applicable to those of us with a few more miles on the clock.
Some gay men use these apps out of boredom, chatting endlessly with no intention of meeting, while others are horny and benefit from the promise of a convenient hookup.
There are actually men who use the apps out of a desire for connection with another person.
The Association of British Introduction Agencies says its members, which vet potential partners and conduct face-to-face interviews, saw an increase of at least 27 per cent in inquiries over the past year.
Worldwide, a typical Grindr user spends approximately two hours a day on the app.
That’s more time than we spend eating, and more time than most of us spend exercising.
'They were together for two years and he ended up losing half his house.’The internet dating scammers, usually conversing online with hundreds of potential victims using phony photos and false IDs, are often traced to criminal gangs in West Africa or Eastern Europe, and police struggle to bring them to justice.
The Online Dating Association did not respond to a request for comment.