bisexual hookups have more than doubled since the 90s

As society becomes increasingly accepting of same-sex experiences, our sex lives are looking a lot more interesting than they were 20 years ago.

by Hannah Ongley
02 June 2016, 10:27pm

We hardly need a study to tell us that Americans are becoming increasingly accepting of same-sex sexual behavior — just having an internet connection or a few liberal-minded friends under the age of 40 will suffice. However a new piece of research published in the Archive of Sexual Behavior has revealed some interesting stats about homosexual hookups. Reported instances of such experiences have more than doubled since the 90s, with a progressively tolerant culture at least partly to thank. And despite the same-sex encounter boom, the number of people who had all same-sex partners did not jump all that significantly. Instead the increase is driven almost purely by bisexual behavior. 

"That's what I found surprising," study co-author Jean Twenge told the Washington Post. "When we looked more closely at the change, it was mostly due to people having sex with partners of both genders." She puts the rise in sexual fluidity down to an increased sense of individualism, one fueled by a Western society less concerned with resource availability — and therefore less concerned with shunning societal expectations. "Some thinkers have made the case that individualism has been increasing in Western culture since the Renaissance, but that this change accelerated beginning around 1965 or 1970," she explained. 

Twenge and her colleagues found that bisexual behavior was slightly more common amongst women, and especially younger women. However they shy away from copping to the controversial "gay before graduation" phenomenon — otherwise known as bisexual erasure — that previous studies have disproven anyway. The official percentage of people who have had same-sex sexual encounters has now risen from 3.1 percent to 7.7 percent since 1994, and there's no reason to suggest that figure won't continue to soar. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Mary