A new survey conducted by DrEd, an online resource that connects patients with doctors, has some interesting insight in how different generations views sexuality. A total 1,000 men and women from the U.S. and U.K. participated in the study. Let’s look at some of the findings…
When asked if sexuality exists on a spectrum, 34% of men and 20% of women said yes. Generationally, Gen Xers were the most likely to agree, with 46% saying they believed in a sliding scale of sexuality, compared to just 11% of Millennials and 5% of Baby Boomers.
When asked if they would ever date a person who identifies as bisexual, just 30% of men and only 19% of women said they’d be down with it. Once again, Gen Xers were the most open-minded, with 38% saying they’d be OK with a bisexual partner. But just 7% of Millennials and 3% of Baby Boomers felt similarly.
Interestingly, when asked whether they themselves would considering sleeping with someone of the same gender, 20% of men and 34% of women said they’d give it a whirl. Gen Xers were once again the most likely, with 29% saying they’d try same-sex love making. But Baby Boomers came in at a close second, with 25%. Followed by Millennials at 20%.
So what’s the take away from all this? Well, clearly biphobia is still a big problem in society. Even though some of these numbers are better than others, the vast majority of people from every generation still don’t believe in sexual fluidity. Oddly, however, a good handful of them say they’d act of their own bisexual curiosities, but they’re not nearly as comfortable dating someone who does the same.