A new poll is subverting expectations and proving that young adults are more comfortable with their sexuality than their parents were.
The results showed that most young adults living in Great Britain don’t identify themselves as being straight. But don’t identify themselves as being gay either. Instead they’re both, or bisexual.
For their poll, the researcher team used the famous Kinsey scale, which was developed by Alfred Kinsey, a well known sex researcher. To interpret the results of the Kinsey scale you need to understand that scoring a zero (0) means that the subject is “exclusively heterosexual”, and scoring a six (6) means that the subject is “exclusively homosexual”.
So following this logic, you probably already deduced that scoring a three (3) on the Kinsey scale means that the subject is bisexual.
The new poll was conducted earlier this month by the YouGov UK. An overwhelming majority still scored the traditional zero (0), making them “exclusively heterosexual”, however almost a quarter – 23 percent (23%) – of all participants scored somewhere between one (1) and six (6), making them bisexual to some extent.
And the results became even more interesting when the research team started splitting up participants in age groups. YouGov experts saw that almost half of young adults with the age between 18 and 24 scored somewhere between one (1) and six (6). What this means is that almost half of young Brits are not “exclusively heterosexual” or “exclusively homosexual”.
When the same poll was conducted in the United States, the results were not all that different. The research team saw that a third of young Americans with the age between 18 and 24 also scored somewhere between one (1) and six (6), making them not straight, not gay, but somewhat bisexual.
The poll has made many field experts and researchers wonder if the results are weird, unusual, alarming, a natural evolution, or if young people are simply more open about their sexuality than their parents were, and more comfortable with their attractions.
The question still stands, but it’s important to realize that only the subjects who scored a three (3) are purely bisexual. Scoring a one (1) or a two (2) may mean that you can see yourself having a romantic or sexual relationship with a person of the same sex, or that you are simply capable of admiring the beauty of a stunning looking member of the same sex.
Same goes for scoring a four (4) or a five (5). It may mean that you are predominantly gay, but that you could see yourself having a romantic or sexual relationship with a person of the opposite sex if you met the right one, or it may mean that you are simply capable of admiring the beauty of a stunning looking member of the opposite sex.
What’s more, being mostly straight but mildly attracted to members of the same sex, and being mostly gay but mildly attracted to members of opposite sex, does not mean that a person will necessarily ever act on any of those mild attractions.
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