US led world in daddies, Grindr states in year-end report

  • by John Ferrannini, Assistant Editor
  • Tuesday December 19, 2023
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Grindr released its year-end report, "Grindr Unwrapped," December 19. Image: Courtesy Grindr
Grindr released its year-end report, "Grindr Unwrapped," December 19. Image: Courtesy Grindr

The United States led the world in the percentage of Grindr users who describe themselves as daddies this year, according to "Grindr Unwrapped," its year-end report released Tuesday.

Rounding out the top five are Nigeria, Australia, Venezuela, and Canada.

According to "The Joy of Gay Sex" third edition by Charles Silverstein and Felice Picano, "in the gay scene, daddies tend to have certain physical characteristics: salt-and-pepper and sometimes thinning hair; facial and chest hair; faces that show maturity."

"We are so excited to bring Grindr Unwrapped back for another year," stated Tristan Pineiro, Grindr's vice president of brand marketing and communications, in a news release. "Unwrapped is our way of celebrating our global user community and shedding some light on how, where, and what we loved in 2023. As a community we've always had our finger on the pulse of pop culture, and it's always so much fun to see Grindr users' hot takes on the year via Unwrapped."

The country with the highest percentage of self-described tops is Trinidad & Tobago, followed by Kenya, the People's Republic of China, Myanmar, and Greece. The countries with the highest percentage of self-identified bottoms were South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Denmark, and Finland.

The countries with the highest percentage of people describing themselves as versatile were Finland, Austria, Germany, Australia, and Hungary.

"2023 was a BIG year for Grindr and there was plenty to be unwrapped," a Grindr spokesperson stated. "With more than 100 billion chats, more than 13 billion taps (ice-breakers) sent, and more than 1 billion private albums shared, Grindr users were getting busy all across the globe."

San Francisco didn't make an appearance in the report this year, unlike two years ago when the City-by-the-Bay was reported to have the highest percentage of profiles with face pictures, as the Bay Area Reporter reported at the time. Then, as now, the actual percentages were not given.

San Francisco also didn't make it in the top five cities by active users: those would be Thessaloniki, Greece; Milan, Italy; Rome; Turin, Italy; and Berlin.

The most explored cities — higher-cost versions of Grindr allow users to see the "grid" anywhere in the world that the largest LGBTQ social networking app operates — were London; Paris; Mexico City; Bogotá, Colombia; and Manchester, England. The app was most popular at 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The West Hollywood-based company also stated that the most popular tags searched were "hung," "trans," "bb" (for barebacking), "dom" and "feet." On the subject of feet, Italy led the world as the country with the highest percentage of foot-lovers, with the U.S. at No. 5. (Grindr had been owned by a Chinese company but, facing pressure from the U.S. government, sold it in 2020 to California-based investor group San Vicente Acquisition LLC.)

The U.S. led the world with the highest number of members of the "trans" tribe, followed by the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, and Norway.

Rounding out the report were the most used profile songs. Those were "WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion; "7 rings" by Ariana Grande; "Happier Than Ever" by Billie Eilish; "Rain on Me" by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande; and "HEATED" by Beyoncé.

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