They have issued a warning to anyone using the networking iPhone application Blendr for casual sex, amidst reports of a rapid rise in "hook-ups" on the Sunshine Coast. The app uses GPS technology to find other users in close proximity and defines itself as "a new way to meet new people". One man told the Daily yesterday that he had slept with 13 different women in the past three weeks. Dr Christine Knox from the Queensland University of Technology said the increase of random sex partners was frightening.
The microbiologist and mother of three adult children said the Blendr app was "terrifying" because it increased the likelihood of casual sex with "people who you know very little about". Having sex with multiple partners is one of the top three factors that heighten the chance of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, Dr Knox said. A lot of people think they're healthy and have no infections at all. A year-old tradesman told the Daily he downloaded the app three weeks ago and found it a good way to meet like-minded people.
He said he had had sex with a different woman almost every night, but defended Blendr's image as a "sleazy" iPhone app. The Blendr enthusiast said there were many people who used the app to meet people and "not just for casual hook-ups". According to the Queensland Government, the Commonwealth Games is expected to attract more than , visitors as well as athletes and team officials from 70 member nations and territories to the Gold Coast.
And just a few days into the event, many of those visitors are already in town - and they're looking for a good time. According to one Gold Coast resident who is hosting several overseas Games visitors, cruise areas have made a dramatic resurgence since the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
He said he regularly attended "cruise clubs and areas" because there was a lack of gay bars to meet like-minded people on the Gold Coast.
And there are often "too many mind games" associated with online dating apps, according to him. At least two venues allegedly featuring "cruise areas" still operate on the Gold Coast: Online reviews claim The Den Adult Concepts contains a hidden section at the back. It's a common feature of sex shops around the world, including Sydney, but on the Gold Coast it's a little known concept that has never quite taken off.
The area features several "glory holes", private booths and a sling room, according to TravelGayAustralia. Three television screens continuously play pornography. According to The Den Adult Concepts' Facebook page, the store offers "quality adult products, a men's only cinema and a men's club".
But not everyone leaves happy. Surfers Paradise's Club R - advertised as "a real guys private cruise club" - has been operating in the area for more than 20 years. It features cruise areas, play pens and private cubicles as well as an adult shop and private members lounge. A spokesman for the venue told the Gold Coast Bulletin that business had softened in recent years as guys started to find each other online. But the worker said many Club R clients had heard horror stories about online hook-ups and preferred to meet at a face-to-face venue...