The end of the year means Grindr has released some more statistics and data about its users. The app’s annual ‘Unwrapped’ reveal examines what users are seeking in different geographical regions. Here are just a few of its highlights.
The countries with the highest percentage of ‘tops’
The Philippines, Colombia, Argentina, Israel, and India.
The countries with the highest percentage of ‘bottoms’
Vietnam, China, South Africa, Peru and Poland.
The countries with the highest percentage of ‘versatile’
Russia, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Romania and Venezuela.
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The US does top one of the data collections: the highest percentage of ‘looking for right now’. It ranks alongside Australia, the UK and Ireland for the highest percentage of those seeking action right away.
Looking at the US in more detail, New York City has the highest percentage of those ‘looking for right now’, while San Francisco has the highest percentage of users with face pics. We guess that’s not surprising given it’s one of the most tolerant and accepting cities in the world. On the flipside, Salt Lake City has the highest percentage in the US of ‘travel only’ users. Honolulu offers the highest percentage of US users who ‘accept NSFW pics’.
Grindr unveiled a new tags system this year, allowing users to search for one another using keywords. The five most popular tags of the year? ‘Vaccinated’, ‘discreet’, ‘kissing’, ‘fwb’ and ‘cuddling’.
For those planning to travel, the cities offering the most Grindr users are: Paris, New York City, Sao Paulo, London, and Los Angeles. The most users by country are Mexico, India, the UK, Brazil and US.
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The latest data reveal comes a week after Grindr surveyed 10,000 of its users on some of their favorite pop culture highlights from 2021. For anyone seeking something to stream or listen to, it came up with the following results.
Top three movies of the year
1. House of Gucci
Top three TV shows of the year
1. Sex Education
2. Squid Game
3. RuPaul’s Drag Race
Song of the Year
1. ‘Go Easy On Me’ by Adele
2. ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ by Lil Nas X
3. ‘Kiss Me More’ by Doja Cat feat. SZA
Album of the Year
1. 30 by Adele
2. Montero by Lil Nas X
3. Red (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift
The Philippines, TOPs?! No way. For the countries with the most number of bottoms it’s a three-way tie. Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. Gotta love those lady boys.
I thought the same thing when I read it. Maybe it wishful thinking.
How many phobias can you cram into one comment? Xenophobia? Check. Sissyphobia? Check. Internalized Homophobia? Check. Not to mention a big ole “ism” (let me know if you need me to point out which one.)
@avesraggiana, you decided to bring the racist stereotypes today, huh?
Daaang…is it still stereotyping if I’m Filipino myself? I was joking.
Since the data compiled from Grindr users are NOT representative of gay men, one must conclude that they indicate the nature of gay men who gravitate to Grindr (Don’t you appreciate the alliteration?)
There was also no indication of degree. “Majority” could mean 50.001%, or 99.99%.
They aren’t fake statistics. Anyone who knows anything about research methods would immediately conclude that the results were indicative of Grindr users only. Not all gay men use Grindr.
Daddytop and I are in agreement in our conclusions. However, most people don’t know about research methods, sampling and statistics, so a lay article would be interpreted by Joe and Jane as referring to the “universe” of gay men; that what what I meant by “fake”; the data used may be real, but the typical interpretation by a non-specialist reader is that they would have referred to all.
It’s a bit like someone who surveys people in Leicester, England, and reports that one third of English people are “of color”, or those who watch British period dramas in the US and report that “British people speak RP (the Queen’s English – the UK elite vernacular standard, spoken by 1-2% of Britons natively).
Informed readers like you know how to interpret such “data”, but that’s not the majority.