A new study has reported that bisexuality is on rise in the US and it is also increasing number of same sex encounters in the country. What is more, Americans appear quite acceptable to this new trend. The findings based on data from the General Social Survey (GSS) stated that the number of homosexual males have increased twice from 1990 to 2014, while homosexual females have increased to more than double over the same period.
The findings by the nationally representative survey of U.S. adults conducted since 1972, was based on 33,728 participants. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. It showed surge in the proportion of Americans who are welcoming bisexuality.
They found that proportion of men who had at least one same sex sexual partner rose from 4.5% to 8.2% between 1990 and 2014. Women having sexual relations with at least same sex partner increased from 3.6% to 8.7% during the same period. What was most surprising was that percentage of same sex individual had not increased much, but the percentage of adults with both male and female partners increased from 3.1% to 7.7%.
“Millennials are markedly more accepting of same-sex behavior than Gen Xers were at the same age – but then, so are most adults. The change is primarily one of time period, where all adults shifted in their attitudes”, said co-author Ryne Sherman of Florida Atlantic University.
The percentage of adults having sexual relations between two adults of the same sex only rose from 11% to 13%, but in 2014, this increase in percentage was 49% of all adults and 63% of millennials.
According to co-author Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, in over last few decades acceptance of gays and lesbians has been a civil rights issue. The LGBTQ individuals as per her are example of change in social behavior that takes place over time and she calls this change relatively quick.
According to a report in US News by Alan Mozes, “The number of Americans who say they’ve had sexual activity with someone of the same gender has doubled since the 1970s, a new survey reveals.”
“This data showed strikingly how quickly opinions on same-sex sexuality changed,” said study lead author Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University.
The trend, she added, “suggests a fundamental shift in sexual behavior toward more freedom and the abandonment of previously strict social rules against same-sex sexuality.”
The findings come from the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey, spanning 1973 to 2014. Participants were between 18 and 96 years old.
“It was in the 1990s that the U.S. began its first open national policy discussions about homosexuality, centered around the issues of gays in the military and marriage equality,” he said. “It was inevitable that open discussions would reveal many of the irrational prejudices about homosexuality that were normally spoken in private.”
“According to a study published Wednesday in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the number of American adults who say they’ve had a same-sex experience has doubled over the last two and a half decades,” according to a news report published by Huffington Post.
The study was conducted by combing through the General Social Survey, which is a nationally representative survey that includes over 30,000 adults who’ve agreed to discuss their thoughts about a variety of topics including same-sex behavior, which the survey began recording in 1978, and sexual partners, which the survey has been documenting since 1989.
This new study falls in line with other recent polls and surveys about sexual identity and experiences. In August 2015, a YouGov poll conducted in The UK found that nearly one in two young people do not identify as exclusively heterosexual. Similarly, another study conducted by the trend forecasting agency J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group and released earlier this year found that 52 percent of Gen Zs do not identify as exclusively heterosexual.
A report published in Time said, “The research, published today in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, analyzed survey data from roughly 30,000 Americans from 1973 to 2014. People in the nationally representative General Social Survey were asked about their sexual behavior and attitudes about same-sex experiences.”
“What we’re seeing is this movement toward more sexual freedom,” says Twenge. “There’s more freedom for people to do what they want without following the traditional, often now seen as outdated, social rules about who you’re supposed to have sex with and when.” People in the Midwest and South showed the largest increases in same-sex experiences; cities on the coasts had steadier same-sex experience rates.