Bottoms dominate in South Africa, says Grindr


Queer dating app Grindr has revealed that South Africa is among the countries with the highest percentage of bottoms in the world.

The company recently released its Grindr Unwrapped: a Snapshot of Sex & Dating on Grindr in 2020 report, highlighting intriguing statistics and information about its global user base.

When it comes to sexual positions, the app found that the top five countries with the highest concentration of tops were Morocco, India, Nigeria, Chile and Israel.

On the other side of the spectrum, South Africa, along with Vietnam, Sweden, Thailand and Peru, boasted the highest percentage of bottoms in the world.

Those who identified themselves as versatile tended to live in Venezuela, Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico and Australia.

(The above information may come in especially handy when you plan your next post-lockdown international trip!)

Grindr noted that not all its users specified their sexual role preferences on their profiles and that the report is not intended to be a comprehensive or scientific report on global queer sex and dating behaviours.

“Instead, it’s meant as a fun and informal way to help our users get to know each other better, serve as an ice-breaker for conversations in the app, and provide some insights into Grindr activity trends from the year,” said the company.

The five most active cities per capita were Washington DC, Paris, Bogota, Santiago and Houston. The most popular emojis among Grindr users were (no surprise) the eggplant, fire, smiling devil, eyes and splashing sweat symbols.

Grindr also revealed that a whopping 855 million photos were sent on the platform per month and that Sunday evenings were the most active time and day on the app.

“It was a year unlike any other, and many of the usual ways people enjoy Grindr—in-person dates, hookups, tennis (yes, some of us use Grindr to find tennis partners)—were off the table in 2020 due to COVID-19,” said the company.

“But that doesn’t mean people weren’t still connecting. This snapshot of activity shows that even in a year of quarantine and isolation, people still found ways to express themselves and connect safely from home.”

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