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Survey: Only 2/3 of Generation Z identifies as Exclusively Heterosexual

Homosexuality is no longer the taboo it once was. But figures suggest that young people are even more open to experimentation than previously thought. Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as solely heterosexual, in stark contrast to previous generations, a study has found. Research by Ipsos Mori found that 66 per cent of young people, aged between 16 and 22, are "exclusively heterosexual" - the lowest figure of any generation. Among millennials, 71 per cent say they are exclusively heterosexual, as do 85 per cent of those in "Gen X", and 88 per cent of baby boomers. The research group suggested that social media was playing a part, with young people more likely to be aware of different sexualities because of the availability of such information on the internet. Researchers said the statistic showed that the youngest generation were "being affected by more open and fluid attitudes". Hannah Shrimpton, one of the authors of the report, said there was a "hugely greater exposure to communications on the variety of lifestyles available to young people today through social technology. "In particular, this generation of young has grown up at a time when gender as a simple binary and fixed identity has been questioned much more widely – this is new, and will affect wider views of gender, sexuality and much broader aspects of identity," she told the Daily Telegraph. The figures suggest a much higher level of openness to non-heterosexuality than previous polls had suggested, with the most recent ONS figures showing that in 2016 just two per cent of people aged 16 or over identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, with the number rising to four per cent among 16-24 year-olds. The overall number had risen from 1.7 per cent the year before. The report suggested that an increasingly "liberal context" in which gay relationships are seen as acceptable has led young people to have a "less binary view of sexuality", in which there is no need to identify as exclusively gay or straight. Its research also shows that three in five of British 15 to 16 year olds think sexuality is a scale and that it is possible to be somewhere in the middle. Other figures published by the researchers suggest that more than 70 per cent of those in Gen Z and 69 per cent of millennials had no problem with homosexual relationships, compared to 43 per cent of baby boomers. However, it added that in some ways the lives of the youngest adults in society "hark back to the 1940s". "Many more are staying at home with their parents past the age of 18, and families are closer," it said, pointing to a statistic showing that the proportion of children aged 11-15 who talked to their parents about something that mattered to them each week had increased by 14 percentage points between 2002 and 2015.

by Anonymousreply 3104/15/2019

The correct thread

by Anonymousreply 107/06/2018

Want a see gender breakdown

by Anonymousreply 207/06/2018

Want to see

by Anonymousreply 307/06/2018

The vast majority of these young adults identify as bi, fluid, or queer rather than gay/lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 407/06/2018

I'm not surprised.

I remember I got shouted down here some time back when I said 40% of men have or have had sex with other men. I couldn't recall where or how I'd come across that.

40% is still low I suspect, much less 33%. It will increase.

by Anonymousreply 507/06/2018

It’s not nearly That high

by Anonymousreply 607/06/2018

^What's not nearly that high is the level of honesty

by Anonymousreply 707/06/2018

Where are the statistics for their research? How many people they questioned, under what circumstances, total males/females, age ranges, etc.

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by Anonymousreply 907/06/2018

I don’t see how this is a bad thing. The Evangelicals must be losing their shit based upon these numbers!

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by Anonymousreply 1107/06/2018

I tend to think of this as peer pressure though. A lot of millennials are afraid of being charged with homophobia, transphobia, etc., especially with the recent insanity in accepting trans people and carefulness in using pronouns.

Not saying the numbers are wrong, only that I think this survey is flawed.

by Anonymousreply 1207/06/2018

R12, I think that more and more of them just don't care either way. I see it often. They don't have the hang-up like prior generations.

by Anonymousreply 1307/06/2018

A lot of people view their identity as theoretical. They think, if someone of my same sex as hot as the most popular hot star athlete or instagram fitness model wanted to mess around with me, I might do it. But in reality, they never do it w the same sex. It’s Just same-sex potential. Hence, the rise of the” Mostly Straights.”

by Anonymousreply 1407/06/2018

It's simply trendy to say you are gender fluid or whatever. They are just straight people trying to sound cool.

by Anonymousreply 1507/06/2018

These figures are inflated by the queer, non binary crowd. You can call yourself queer now whilst being in a heterosexual relationship, marrying and having 2.5 kids with an opposite sex partner.

Trying to get accurate statistics is pointless currently because gender has superseded sex and definitions mean a zillion different things depending on who you ask.

by Anonymousreply 1607/06/2018

You malign yourselves. The idea of same gender sexual attraction is not so far-fetched. No. They'll never publicly admit to it, but that's no reason for you to drink the cool-aid.

by Anonymousreply 1707/06/2018

Funny, in my day, if an interviewer asked if you were queer, he’d get a punch in the schnozzola.

by Anonymousreply 1807/06/2018

OMG. Come ON dudes. Have you NEVER bothered to question and reflect on why it's such a big deal? What they say about homophobes is ture.

by Anonymousreply 1907/06/2018

Almost ten per cent of young Britons identify as bisexual, compared to one in 100 baby boomers. Pollsters Ipsos Mori found that 16 to 24-year-olds are more than twice as likely than millennials – those aged 25 to 34 – to say they are attracted to both sexes.

Women of all ages are more likely to admit to being bisexual than men, who lean more toward identifying as homosexual, statistics show.

An earlier survey revealed that only two-thirds of generation z identify as 'exclusively straight'.

Researchers believe social media is playing a part in helping young people accept 'more open and fluid attitudes' toward sexuality. In their latest poll, the London-based research company surveyed 2,250 British adults aged 15 to 75 on their attitudes toward LGBT issues.

Nine per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds say they are bisexual, twice the number of millennials, which stands at four per cent.

Just one per cent of baby boomers – those aged 55 to 75 – say they are bisexual while this rises to three per cent among people aged 35 to 44, known as 'generation x'. While more than nine in ten of women and men of all ages identify as heterosexual, the sex split when it came to those saying they were homosexual or bisexual.

Women preferred to identify as bi, with four per cent saying they are bisexual while just two per cent say they are as homosexual.

For men this trend is flipped - four per cent say they are homosexual while three per cent say they are bisexual.

A separate Ipsos survey found that young people are increasingly moving away from the idea that sexuality is binary – where a person needs to identify as exclusively gay or straight.

by Anonymousreply 2007/06/2018

[quote] I tend to think of this as peer pressure though.

Yes, though peer pressure could also be changes in peer pressure. Meaning, less pressure from their peers to conform to the heteronormative. Younger generations find it easier to come out.

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by Anonymousreply 2311/20/2018

Yep it’s a huge paradigm shift in identity

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by Anonymousreply 2604/15/2019

Duh r26. Most studies in the past show 90 to 95% of adults identify as straight. This is a huge departure from previous studies.

by Anonymousreply 2704/15/2019

It's mostly TEENAGE GIRLS identifying as "bisexual"/genderfluid/nonbinary

by Anonymousreply 2804/15/2019

Yeah, R28, and 99% are really only interested in boys and end up getting BFs and husbands later on.

by Anonymousreply 2904/15/2019

Actually the studies are showing a large increase in bisexual identity among both men and women Millennials

by Anonymousreply 3004/15/2019

r28 and r29 are 10000% correct. I do think most guys are bi or full blown gay though. Don't tell them that though!!

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