Gay Dating Apps Survey 2016 - Travel Gay Asia

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Gay Dating Apps Survey 2016

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One of the most comprehensive surveys of gay dating apps, conducted by Travel Gay Asia and Gay Star News, reveals insights, usage trends along with safety issues facing users.

Over 2,000 people took part in the survey, of which 87% used one or more gay dating apps.

 

Key Findings

  • Grindr dominates the gay dating app market, with 73% of respondents saying they use it.
  • On average, a user will use three dating apps.
  • Almost all apps offer “free” and “paid” functionality. On average, just 13% of apps usage is paid.
  • Dating apps work. 23% of respondents meet with someone via an app at least monthly and a further 48% occasionally.
  • Overall user satisfaction is reasonably high. 65% of users are satisfied or very satisfied with the apps.

Safety and Security Issues

The survey results highlight significant issues that face the gay dating app industry and end-users.

  • Use of fake photos and misleading profiles appears to be prolific.
  • 35% of users report they have experienced abuse and harassment online.
  • 21% of users report they have experienced situations where their sexual limits had not been respected by a guy they had met via an app.
  • A small but still significant number of users reported being physically threatened whilst on a date arranged via an app.

 

Issues Response Percent
a date using fake photos or a misleading description 56.4%
a date not respecting a user’s sexual limits 21.2%
harassment or made to feel uncomfortable by someone online 35.3%
being physically threatened whilst on a date 5.0%
photos used or shared without consent 21.4%

 

Only 28% of users have not experienced these sorts of problems.

 

Detailed Survey Findings

How many apps?

Gay dating apps are very popular. On average, respondents use 3 apps.

  • 25% use 1 app.
  • 25% use 2 apps.
  • 20% use 3 apps.
  • 14% use 4 apps.
  • 16% use 5 apps or more.

 

Which apps are most popular?

Grindr is the most widely-used gay dating app, with 74% of respondents saying they using it.

 

Which dating apps do you use? Responses
Grindr 74.3%
Scruff 30.6%
Tinder 27.3%
Hornet 27.3%
Jack’d 23.8%
Planet Romeo 22.9%
Growlr 12.8%
Gaydar 12.1%
Adam4Adam 11.3%
Other apps 10.5%
Manhunt 9.9%
Blued 6.9%
Surge 6.9%
BoyAhoy 4.5%
9Monsters 3.0%
Fridae 2.4%

 

Other leading apps included Scruff (31%), Tinder & Hornet (27%), Jack’d (24%) and Planet Romeo (23%). However, most guys who use these apps said they also use Grindr.

  • 86% of Scruff & Hornet users also use Grindr.
  • 82% of Jack’d users also use Grindr.
  • 87% of Tinder users also use Grindr.
  • 76% of Planet Romeo also use Grindr.

 

Audience

Despite the overlap in communities, users are generally satisfied with the number of guys using each app.

70% of Scruff users and 69% of Planet Romeo users said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the choice of guys. This, compared with 64% for Tinder, 59% for Grindr and Jack’d, 58% for Hornet.

 

Audience Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Satisfied Very Satisfied Overall Dissatisfied Overall Satisfied
Scruff 9% 21% 54% 16% 30% 70%
Planet Romeo 7% 24% 54% 15% 31% 69%
Tinder 7% 29% 54% 10% 36% 64%
Growlr 10% 26% 50% 13% 37% 63%
Blued 3% 34% 55% 8% 37% 63%
Jack’d 12% 28% 49% 10% 41% 59%
Grindr 8% 33% 51% 7% 41% 59%
Hornet 11% 31% 48% 10% 42% 58%
Surge 17% 28% 44% 11% 45% 55%
Gaydar 9% 39% 46% 6% 48% 52%
Manhunt 18% 36% 39% 8% 53% 47%
Adam4Adam 15% 39% 42% 5% 53% 47%

 

 

Frequency of use

Dating apps get used a lot. 40% or more of Tinder, Growlr and Grindr users report accessing these apps every day.

Overall, Grindr was reported as the most frequently accessed app, with 50% of its users saying they check Grindr every day and a further 26% saying they use it least once a week.

 

App Everyday At least once a week Just occasionally
Grindr 50% 26% 24%
Growlr 44% 28% 28%
Tinder 40% 32% 28%
Scruff 39% 30% 31%
Planet Romeo 38% 27% 35%
Blued 36% 28% 36%
Hornet 36% 29% 36%
Jack’d 34% 24% 42%
Surge 31% 40% 29%
Gaydar 21% 25% 54%
Adam4Adam 18% 26% 56%
Manhunt 16% 27% 58%

 

Getting dates

We asked dating app users how frequently they meet a guy as a result of using their apps.

Most dating app users reported that they date guys they meet through the apps, at least occasionally.

Grindr stood out as the app that was most likely to result in date, with 31% of Grindr users reporting that using the app gets them at least one date a month.

 

Weekly Monthly   Having dates At least monthly Occasionally Never
13% 19% Grindr 31% 52% 17%
5% 25% Growlr 29% 46% 25%
8% 16% Planet Romeo 25% 52% 23%
6% 16% Scruff 22% 47% 31%
6% 16% Hornet 22% 42% 36%
7% 14% Jack’d 21% 48% 31%
4% 16% Tinder 20% 45% 35%
4% 12% Adam4Adam 17% 48% 35%
6% 8% Blued 14% 34% 52%
4% 6% Gaydar 10% 48% 41%
4% 4% Manhunt 8% 50% 42%
1% 6% Surge 7% 35% 59%

 

Overall, 23% of all dating app users said someone via an app at least monthly, and a further 48% occasionally.

 

Finding love is more difficult

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.

 

App Short Term Long Term Neither
Tinder 21% 5% 74%
Planet Romeo 21% 16% 63%
Grindr 21% 10% 70%
Jack’d 20% 8% 73%
Adam4Adam 18% 13% 69%
Blued 16% 5% 79%
Growlr 16% 8% 76%
Manhunt 15% 3% 82%
Scruff 14% 8% 78%
Hornet 14% 5% 81%
Gaydar 12% 14% 75%
Surge 7% 5% 89%

 

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.

 

Functionality

Overall, users are generally satisfied with the functionality of their apps.

However, this is one area where Grindr scored less than other leading apps, with 36% of its users expressing disappointment.

Blued, a dating app used mostly in China and with a growing community in South East Asia, scored particularly well.

Functionality Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Satisfied Very Satisfied   Overall Satisfied Overall Dissatisfied
Blued 3% 18% 68% 10% 79% 21%
Planet Romeo 5% 16% 60% 19% 79% 21%
Scruff 6% 17% 52% 25% 77% 23%
Growlr 8% 15% 61% 17% 77% 23%
Tinder 6% 22% 60% 12% 72% 28%
Hornet 8% 20% 59% 13% 72% 28%
Grindr 8% 27% 55% 10% 64% 36%
Jack’d 10% 26% 55% 9% 64% 36%
Adam4Adam 13% 25% 53% 8% 62% 38%
Surge 12% 28% 44% 16% 61% 39%
Gaydar 10% 33% 51% 6% 57% 43%
Manhunt 13% 33% 46% 7% 54% 46%

 

Subscription or free service?

Almost all gay dating apps offer both a free and paid-for version of there service (providing users additional functionality or removing limits on messaging).

Our survey reveals only a small minority of users actually pay to use the apps.

 

App Free Paid
Scruff 80% 20%
Grindr 80% 20%
Growlr 83% 17%
Planet Romeo 85% 15%
Gaydar 85% 15%
Manhunt 86% 14%
Surge 89% 11%
Jack’d 92% 8%
Adam4Adam 94% 6%
Tinder 95% 5%
Hornet 95% 5%
Blued 100% 0%

 

 

Overall levels of user satisfaction

All but one of the top 12 dating apps we surveyed received an overall use satisfaction score of more than 50%.

Leader of the pack is Planet Romeo with an overall satisfaction score of 75%, closely followed by Blued, Scruff and Growlr.

 

App Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Satisfied Very Satisfied  Overall Dissatisfied Overall Satisfied
Planet Romeo 5% 20% 58% 17% 25% 75%
Blued 3% 23% 67% 7% 26% 74%
Scruff 9% 19% 56% 16% 28% 72%
Growlr 10% 18% 60% 12% 28% 72%
Grindr 6% 27% 59% 7% 33% 67%
Hornet 9% 28% 54% 9% 37% 63%
Tinder 7% 31% 56% 6% 38% 62%
Jack’d 9% 30% 54% 6% 39% 61%
Surge 13% 29% 45% 13% 42% 58%
Adam4Adam 12% 31% 51% 6% 43% 57%
Gaydar 10% 36% 48% 6% 46% 54%
Manhunt 17% 34% 42% 6% 52% 48%

 

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About this survey

The survey was conducted online by Gay Star News, Travel Gay Asia and Travel Gay Europe during October and November 2016.

A total of 2023 people took part in the survey.  38% of respondents live in Europe, 27% in North America, 24% in Asia, 5% in Oceania and 3% each in South America and Africa.

Other than the results of which apps people use, we have excluded apps from results where the total number of responses for that app was less than 100.

 

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