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The Tinder of the kink community breaks it down for you.

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If you’ve ever been curious about which country’s citizens enjoy a good spanking the most, today is your lucky day. Whiplr, the Tinder-like app for the kink community, released a study that reveals some surprising statistics about its many users across the globe — including the dirty details about the most preferred kinks in each country.  

Since its February launch, Whiplr has been downloaded by over 120,000 users. Based on the number of Whiplr users in April 2015, the study revealed the top ten kinkiest countries in the world. The U.S. takes the top spot, followed by the U.K., Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Greece, Australia, and France.

Daniel Sevitt, the app’s Chief Communications Officer, said he was shocked by the vast number of Whiplr users across the globe, particularly in the holy Vatican City. 

“The most surprising stat was the sheer number of users in or around the Vatican specifically and in non-English speaking countries in general,” he told the Daily Dot via email. “We haven’t translated the app so far into any language other than English, but it seems there are some forms of communication that defy language barriers.”   

In addition to quantifying the kinksters in each country, the study also identifies popular kinks in each, based on preferences stated by users on the app. The U.S. boasts the largest proportion of users who are into BDSM — 70 percent — which we probably have E.L. James to thank for. Similarly, 50 percent of Canadian users said they enjoyed Dom/Sub relationships, while those in the U.K. have a penchant for spanking.

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The study also revealed some more specific fetishes. Brazilian users stated a preference for odor-related kink, while Germans said they enjoyed erotic talk more than any other nation. Additionally, many Dutch users expressed a preference  for latex and leather, while Australian Whiplr users are most likely to have a pair of handcuffs on the bedside table (ironic, given the country’s history as a penal colony). 

Also fitting is the notoriously fashion-forward Italy’s preference for shopping-related fetishes, like bondage wear or other kinky accessories. Vatican City, home to the Pope, has the second-highest number of Whiplr users in Italy, though there’s no way to tell if any members of the clergy are included in that statistic. (Our guess? Probably not.) 

France and Greece, however,  were a bit more shy about their kinks than the other top ten nations. Greeks said they preferred to experiment in the comfort of their own home rather than at clubs or parties, while 85 percent of French users said they were “just curious” about kink.

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Despite the numerous obstacles sex tech startups have faced, Sevitt says he anticipates even more growth for Whiplr in 2015. “We are continuing to experience huge organic growth for Whiplr all over the globe,” he said. “Our next challenge is to reach critical mass in a number of key kinky cities so that both the kink committed and the kink curious can find potential play partners both close by and further afield.”

Here’s hoping that someday all people can be united in kink, which will surely promote world peace (or, at the very least, acceptance and understanding for all kinds of sexual preferences).

Photo via Julian Povey/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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