Grindr says Australia is among countries with the most ‘sides’

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Grindr says Australia and New Zealand are among the countries in the world with the highest percentage of its users who are “sides”.

The gay app recently released Grindr Unwrapped, its own version of Spotify’s popular Wrapped end-of-year recaps. Grindr unveiled a whole lot of anonymous user data from 2022, including some interesting stats.

Grindr’s data on gay sex ranks the countries with the highest percentages of users of each sexual position in 2022.

The countries with the highest percentage of tops are Bolivia, the USA, South Korea, Greece, and India. Denmark, Japan, Serbia, South Africa, and Peru are the countries with the highest percentage of bottoms, Grindr reports.

Also, Russia, Finland, Croatia, Germany, and Taiwan have the highest percentage of versatile users.

In 2022, China, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Australia, and Singapore were the five countries with the highest percentage of “sides”.

Grindr only recently added the label as a profile option, in May 2022, alongside top, bottom, or versatile.

For those unfamiliar with the term, “side” describes a person who’s into sexual acts that aren’t into giving or receiving anal penetration.

‘It’s time for sides to come out’

The “side” label has risen in prominence in recent years but US sex and relationship therapist Joe Kort originally coined it in 2013.

He said the term was needed to counter the idea that anal penetration is the be all and end all of gay sex.

“Sides prefer to kiss, hug and engage in oral sex, rimming, mutual masturbation and rubbing up and down on each other, to name just a few,” he wrote in HuffPost.

“These men enjoy practically every sexual practice aside from anal penetration of any kind.

“They may have tried it, and even performed it for some time, before they became aware that for them, it was simply not erotic and wasn’t getting any more so.”

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