According to a new survey, 1 in 2 young people in Britain would class themselves as a little bit gay.
The YouGov survey revealed that 49 per cent of 18-24 year-olds in Britain define themselves as something other than completely heterosexual, implying that the younger generation sees their sexuality as less fixed and more fluid.
The study used the Kinsey scale which was invented in the 1940s and placed people on a range of sexual preferences from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). Individuals in the YouGov survey were asked to put themselves on that sexuality scale.
In total, 72 per cent of the British public scored themselves at the completely heterosexual end of the scale, while 4 per cent were at the completely homosexual end, with 19 per cent stating they were somewhere in between – classed as bisexual by Kinsey.
However, the results for the 18-24 generation revealed a near 50/50 split – 43 per cent placed themselves in the non-binary area between 1 and 5, 6 per cent said they were completely homosexual, and just 46 per cent believe they are completely heterosexual.
Generationally, the biggest difference is from the over-65s – 89 per cent of whom identify as either exclusively homosexual or heterosexual.
Discussing the findings, YouGov said:
Clearly, these figures are not measures of active bisexuality – overall, 89 per cent of the population describes themselves as heterosexual – but putting yourself at level 1 allows for the possibility of homosexual feelings and experiences.Advertisement
More than anything, it indicates an increasingly open minded approach to sexuality. In a further set of questions asking if respondents could conceivably be attracted to, have sex with or have a relationship with someone of the same sex (if the right person came along at the right time), level 1s were at least 35 per cent more likely to say they could than level 0s.
So, all in all, it seems as though young people are more confident and open about exploring their sexuality. Good on them!