According to a new study, the rate of same-sex hook-ups has doubled over the past 24 years.
This data comes from research recently published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, which looked at survey data collected from 30,000 Americans between 1973 and 2014.
Between 1990 and 2014, the number of same-sex hook-ups doubled.
But, these increases didn’t appear to be driven exclusively by people who identify as gay or lesbian, but by people who have had sex with people both sexes, says study author Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and author of the book Generation Me.
In other words, they were experimenting.
What we’re seeing is this movement toward more sexual freedom. There’s more freedom for people to do what they want without following the traditional, often now seen as outdated, social rules about who you’re supposed to have sex with and when.”
According to recent data, only 2% of the American population identifies as gay or lesbian, and only 1% identifies as bisexual.
Overall, it suggests that our sexuality has become much more free and open, that Americans feel much more freedom to express themselves sexually in a way that they see fit. That’s why it comes down to this individualistic viewpoint: do what’s right for you.”
That attitude is not always on the side of tolerance for people’s differences, of course. But in this case, the upsides are clear: greater freedom, tolerance, equality and acceptance of fluid sexual behavior.
These more traditional rules around same-sex behaviour have faded away.”