Why are hook up websites so popular among gay and bisexual people
Online personals and hook up sites have been around for as long as the internet. Its reach, ease of use on anonymous nature make it the perfect tool for finding casual sex. Amongst the biggest users of hook up sites are gay and lesbian singles. According to Pink News about twice as many gay men use hook up apps and websites compared to their straight counterparts. We wondered why this is. Straight guys love sex as much as gay guys right?
Some would say that gay guys are more promiscuous but really this has no basis. If a straight guy goes out and hooks up with a load of random girls he's considered a legend. When a gay guy hooks up with different men, he's labelled promiscuous. It's a strange double standard.
When you start to look into the real reasons gay and bisexual men and women use the internet to meet up you can start to understand why. The most common reason for gay men especially is safety. With antiquated attitudes to homosexual relationships even in the most liberal counties and attacks on gay couples on the rise, many gay men simply feel safer meeting other men online rather than risk hitting gay bars and clubs. The other reason gay and bisexual people use dating apps is very simple and exactly the same reason most people do – convenience. The demands of modern living, stressful jobs and frequent travel make finding a partner difficult for many people so they turn to online dating as a quick and convenient way to meet new people.
Use of hook up apps across the world
By far the most popular gay dating app in the world is Grindr with over 27 million users across nearly 200 countries. While still the dominant hook-up app for gay men, there are now several popular alternatives including:
Most popular cities for Grindr users
The most popular hook-up app worldwide is Tinder with an estimated 57 million users worldwide. While Tinder would like to distance themselves from the label 'hook up' the majority of their users are millennials with over 50 percent of male Tinder users saying they were looking for hook-ups and one night stands so if you join Tinder you know what to expect. Tinder is available to people of any sexual preference and is popular with bi-sexual men and women and gay women while gay men are less common on the app, choosing a dedicated app like Grindr to meet guys.