By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly
Think the guys on Grindr are just there to hook up? Au contraire: a new study indicates that most of them are romantics who believe in soul mates, want to get monogamously married, and intend to raise children.
On the occasion of the Supreme Court being awesome to queer people, popular gay social media app Grindr polled around two thousand of their four million-plus users to better understand what they want and need in their relationships. While some of the results aren’t terribly shocking to those who frequent the app (20% of users are in quote-unquote “exclusive” relationships — quelle surprise) a few statistics stand out:
Out of 2,000+ respondents, an overwhelming 77% of them want to get married someday (and 4% of respondents already are married). In addition, 76% want to have kids to add to their ‘happily ever after’ scenario they envision… On the topic of whether or not they believe an open-relationship is the key to a good marriage, our users are almost split down the center with 59% saying they do not agree with open relationships.
Other findings from our survey include:
- 67% of respondents were single, whereas 20% were married or exclusively dating someone and 8% are in an open relationship.
- 60% of respondents believed their soul mate is still out there, while 22% claim to be with their soul mate and 18% do not believe in soul mates.
- 41% of respondents believe in open relationships (although only 8% are currently in an open relationship).
Hayden Manders of Refinery 29 said it well: “We’re pretty thrilled to see users want to find love in a seemingly hopeless, sexed-up place!”