As Hendri Yulius, an Indonesia LGBT activist and frequent contributor to , noted in personal communication, ‘Growlr is for “chub-chasers” – it’s a site you use if you are looking for a chubby sexual partner – while Scruff is a site you use if you are looking for hairy guys or guys with stubble.Daddy Hunt is a site to use if you are looking for a daddy-type partner.’ One thus chooses the app according to what type of sexual or romantic partner is desired – and if someone is into both chubby and hairy guys both Growlr and Scruff might be installed.Choosing an appropriate app increases the chance of a hook-up or relationship.However, as with all things associated with sexuality, app choice and app use is fluid and not everyone on a particular app fulfills the criteria; moreover, people may use fake photos of themselves to construct an identity.People often get introduced to dating apps through friends and acquaintances.Emilio was introduced to Badoo by a lesbian Filipino woman he met through the app Couchsurfing.
Blocking the apps means that when people try to use them, empty profiles are loaded and no photos or links can be accessed.
For instance, Wapa, Brenda and Line are the apps of choice for many lesbians while gay men often prefer Grindr, Scruff or Growlr.
Transgender Indonesians use a lot of different dating apps, sometimes concurrently and sometimes consecutively.
Blocking the apps thus deprives LGBT Indonesians of important opportunities to overcome the many difficulties they face as stigmatised sexual minorities.
Many people who use online dating apps in Indonesia choose their apps based on sexual preference.