A recent study by Travel Gay Asia and Gay Star News has revealed some very interesting stats on the use of gay dating apps and some of the dangers users report to have experienced.
Having polled 2,023 respondents via an online survey over October and November, Travel Gay Asia and Gay Star News found Grindr was the most popular dating app amongst gay singles, with 74% of those asked saying they were on the app.
Coming in closely behind was Scruff (31%), Hornet (27%), Tinder (27%), Jack’d (24%) and Planet Romeo (23%).
And according to the poll, a whopping 86% of Scruff and Hornet users, 82% of those on Jack’d, 87% of Tinder users and 76% of people on Planet Romeo were also on Grindr.
When it comes to satisfaction, Planet Romeo came out on top, with an overall satisfaction rating of 75% – Blued came in at a close second with 74%, followed by Scruff (72%) and Growlr (72%).
And the poll also found that just 20% of people asked actually paid to use these dating apps – that’s a whopping 80% using the free services offered by the platforms.
When asked how often they actually go on a date, 31% of Grindr users said they go on a date at least once a month, followed by those on Growlr (29%), Planet Romeo (25%), Scruff (22%) and Hornet (22%).
Travel Gay Asia said: “Finding love via a gay dating app appears to be far more difficult.
“Just 21% of Tinder, Planet Romeo and Grindr users reported having had a short-term relationship (up to a year) with someone they had met through the app.
“Overall, 27% of respondents said they have had at least one short-term relationship with someone they had met through any of the gay dating apps they use.
“15% of respondents have had at least one long-term relationship and 6% have had both short- and long-term relationships.
“52% of respondents said they have never had a relationship with anyone they had met via an app.”
However, concerns should perhaps be raised over the rates of dangerous behaviour on (and off) these apps.
A huge 56% of those polled said they had encountered fake and misleading profiles and profile descriptions on the gay dating apps they used.
And when it comes to abuse and harassment online, 35% of people asked said they had experienced these things.
However, when things are taken offline, 21% said they had “experienced situations where their sexual limits had not been respected by a guy they had met via an app.”
And 5% of people reported being physically threatened on a date.
To see the full results from this poll please click here.