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A lot of Grindr users aren’t actually gay

A survey determined that not that many guys define themselves as exclusively homosexual

Seemingly, not many people are gay or straight anymore, with the regimented idea that "you either are or you aren’t" flying out of fashion at freight train speed. A survey carried out by Pink News used the Kinsey scale – the same method used in the recent YouGov poll – to ask Grindr users how gay they actually thought they were. Turns out, not that gay.

The Kinsey scale, invented by sexologist Albert Kinsey, runs from zero to six. Zero is "exclusively heterosexual" and six is "exclusively homosexual". You may expect, given that Grindr is an app geared towards homosexual hook ups, that most Grindr users identify as such, but it doesn’t appear to be the case.

Mostly, people said that they were a five, but there were also a (perhaps) surprising amount of three and fours, something that hints at a collective increase in bi-curiosity or more plainly, a lack of concern with defining sexuality in such concrete terms. How do you define?