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In a world where technology dominates the dating scene, are we moving further and further away from being able to create and sustain intimate connections? Giovanni Frazzetto, author of Together Closer, a book that blends iction with psychology and neuroscience to explore modern issues of intimacy, talks to Brian Finnegan about the app gap.
Photos by Giovanni Dall’Orto

“ Our screens are a form of safety. Sitting in our living rooms, we don’t need to go anywhere, and we will get this dialogue with someone.

In the decade since the first iPhone was released, the face of dating has changed, and in particular for gay men, since the appearance of Grindr in 2009. Myriad ‘hook-up’ apps have replaced bars and clubs as the primary place in which gay guys meet, allowing us to cruise from the comfort of our own sofas. But, while they provide convenience, they have also had an uncharted effect on the evolution of intimacy, putting new obstacles in the way of connecting while at the same time connecting people in new ways.

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Our second annual sex issue is a hotbed of intimacy issues, as we explore the effect dating apps have had on modern gay relationships with scientist and author Giovanni Frazzetto. We meet some of the crack-team making sure we’re all in good sexual health at the Gay Men’s Health Service, while Avram Finkelstein, one of the men behind the iconic 1980s Silence = Death poster, talks art and AIDS activism with ACT UP’s Will St Leger. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives a timely update on the complex situation same-sex parents currently face, despite the passing of the marriage referendum and children’s legislation, and we meet the man behind the return of Silver Stars, a moving musical about gay men who dared to be out and proud in Ireland of the 1980s.
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