ROMEO Releases International Survey Results of 75,000 Gay Men’s COVID-19 Outlook

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In an effort to better understand the unprecedented, global impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on gay, bi men and trans people, ROMEO (PlanetRomeo) have released the results from its international COVID-19 outlook survey. The European based dating platform shows a snapshot of how the pandemic is affecting LGBT+ life. 75,840 ROMEO users responded to 11 questions about health, economy, sex, travel, and how they are coping with the lockdown.

ROMEO dating platform has conducted and analyzed an international survey to study the personal, economic, and societal effects of the global pandemic on LGBT+ life.

57% ARE FEELING POSITIVE- Overall people are positive, 57% state they are feeling good to very good. France is leading the world positive mood with 65% placing themselves in this category, a stark contrast to their UK neighbors who are coming in at just 44%. India’s spirits are the hardest hit with only 23% feeling good.

40% ARE VERY HORNY- 40% of respondents are feeling hot and bothered in lockdown. This increases to 55% in 18-24’s. When it comes to the horniest countries – Spain is topping the charts in Europe at 49% and India leading the rest of the world at 56%. 

70% ABSTAINING FROM MEETING FOR SEX- 70% of ROMEO users are not meeting for dates or sex. This number increases in countries with stricter rules, Italy and Spain (86%). Germany and Sweden rank lowest at 61% and 62% respectively. 48% of respondents are dating online only during the lockdown.

ECONOMY IS MORE WORRYING THAN HEALTH- On the subject of health and financial future, users are more worried about the economic impact of Covid-19 then health. 43% state they are worried about their health, while 50% fear for their financial future. This spikes in India, 73% worry about what is to come financially. Only 32% of Spain’s respondents are worried about their health. Younger respondents (18-25) fear more for their financial future than the over 65’’s (45% are not worried at all).

57% FEAR FOR GAY COMMUNITY- With the real economic impact still to be realized, we asked if people feared for the future of their local LGBT+ community. Small businesses and community organizations can be a lifeline for many. Globally 35% said they were concerned. The UK is the least concerned at 20% and Germany the most at 46%. The 45-65 age group are the most worried. 45% of 18-35 are not worried at all.

40% AGREE WITH LOCKDOWN MEASURES- 40% of the respondents think their country’s measures were just right. 32% felt they could be stricter or were not strict enough. France and the UK are the least satisfied with Government measures, 53% of French and 49% of UK users think their country should have stricter rules. In Sweden, where there was a different approach to lockdown, 56% claim their government got things right.

1 in 5 HAVE LOST THEIR MOJO- COVID-19 is proving to be a mood killer, 21% of respondents stated they have no interest in dating during this period. 35-54 age range accounts for nearly half of this figure. Spanish users are experiencing a dampening of desire the most at 40%.

SUMMER VACATIONS WILL BE CLOSE TO HOME- Overseas travel is on hold for 2020. 73% of people do not have plans to travel outside their country. Spain leads this at 85%.  Some UK respondents still are hoping for a vacation this year with 29% planning overseas holidays, and 31% undecided.

COUPLES ARE THRIVING- Of the 31,899 people with partners, 17% claim that they are getting on better than usual. USA and India top this at 29%, and the UK is just behind at 27%. Italy which has experienced one of the longest periods of lockdown is unsurprisingly behind the global average at 14%.

The ROMEO full survey can be found by accessing this link/Supporting Images here

Survey Methodology

Results based on 75,840 respondents worldwide who answered a five-minute online survey between April 24 and May 11, 2020. ROMEO users were invited to participate via ROMEO platform and social media 

ROMEO is a dating and social platform for gay & bi men and trans people. Based in Europe, with offices in Amsterdam and Berlin. Founded in 2001, ROMEO is an independent gay owned and operated company, with over 3 million users.