Many More Young Americans Are Now Identifying As Bisexual

Many More Young Americans Are Now Identifying As Bisexual

The number of Americans who identify as “completely heterosexual” has dipped. 

By Marianne Garvey
Digital Original
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Many more Americans today don’t identify as completely heterosexual, and actually identify more on the spectrum when it comes to their sexuality.

A recent study from YouGov asked people to place themselves on the Kinsey scale (invented by Alfred Kinsey in 1948 as a tool to study human sexuality) where 0 is completely heterosexual and 6 is completely homosexual. Since 2015, more people say they’re not completely heterosexual and one-quarter (25 percent) of people identified as something other than completely heterosexual, compared to 20 percent of people who self-identified that way three years ago. 

Just over two-thirds (69 percent) of Americans identified as “completely heterosexual” in the 2018 survey, a drop from 78 percent of people who identified as completely heterosexual in the 2015 survey. For those in the 18-to-34 age range, 55 percent said they were completely heterosexual, compared to 67 percent of 35-54 year olds, and 84 percent of people aged 55 and up. There’s been an obvious increase in sexual fluidity.

Still, 40 percent of people said that the statement “Sexuality is a scale — it is possible to be somewhere near the middle” came closest to their view. A bit more, 42 percent, believed there is no middle ground when it comes to sexuality, and that “you are either heterosexual or you are not.”

Women and men were equally likely to report that they’d had a sexual experience with someone of the same sex, and 18 percent said that they’d had. In 2015, one out of every five women (20 percent) reported having a same-sex experience, compared to 15 percent of men at the time. 

As for the possibility of being in a same-sex relationship, women (15 percent) were almost twice as likely as men (eight percent) to respond “definitely” or “maybe, if I really liked them.” Women also tended to be more open to the idea of a same-sex sexual experience, with 17 percent saying they thought it could happen, compared to seven percent of men.

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