A British poll has revealed that almost half of young people don’t see themselves as exclusively heterosexual.
The recent YouGov survey of 1,632 people asked respondents to place themselves on the famous sexuality scale created by Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s, with exclusive heterosexuality at one end and exclusive homosexuality at the another.
The researchers found that a revealing 23% of British people did not place themselves on the scale as being 100% heterosexual.
Remarkably, in the age group of 18 to 24-year-olds, 49% said that they did not see themselves as completely straight.
The overall results revealed that 72% of the British public identify as totally heterosexual, 4% as completely homosexual, and 19% somewhere in between, indicating a degree of bisexuality.
The difference between age groups is striking: among 18 to 24-year-olds, only 46% said they are completely heterosexual and 6% are completely homosexual.
The researchers pointed out that the figures did not indicate actual sexual activity, but that a large number of people appear to allow for at least the possibility of homosexual feelings or experiences.
“More than anything, it indicates an increasingly open minded approach to sexuality,” said YouGov’s Will Dahlgreen.