This sounds so similar in the broad strokes if not the details to the lower Manhattan gay scene of the 1990s.
And probably sounds similar to lots of people from lots of different places.
Maybe it isn’t 20 bucks for a phone, maybe it’s something else, but it’s always subtle.
I guess it’s just human. I don’t have any problem with the transactional nature of relationships as long as we admit to ourselves that the transaction is happening.
As long as we can achieve something healthy for ourselves.