Same-sex experiences have more than doubled in the US since 1990 and acceptance of it has increased four fold according to new research.
Bianca Soldani

3 Jun 2016 - 9:38 AM  UPDATED 3 Jun 2016 - 9:44 AM

Same-sex experiences are rising in the United States, and quickly.

A new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour has found that the number of surveyed people that have had sex with both men and women has more than doubled between 1990 and 2014. 

Data from close to 34,000 participants between 1973 and 2014 was analysed by researchers from Florida Atlantic University, San Diego State University and Widener University, and determined that the percentage of people who had engaged with at least one same-sex partner had jumped from 3.1 per cent in 1990, to 7.7 per cent in 2014.

The number of women who have had sex with at least one other women has gone up from 3.6 per cent in 1990 to 8.7 percent in 2014, while for men the increase was only slightly less impressive, moving from 4.5 per cent to 8.2 per cent in the same period.

The increase appears to reflect the more open and liberal ideas of sex that are held today – and also that perhaps more people are admitting to having same-sex sexual experiences than before.

“What we’re seeing is this movement toward more sexual freedom,” the study’s co-author Jean Twenge tells Time.

“There’s more freedom for people to do what they want without following the traditional, often now seen as outdated, social rules about who you’re supposed to have sex with and when.”

In 1973, just 11 per cent of those surveyed agreed that same sex activity “was not wrong at all”, while the latest figures show that that view is held by 49 per cent of people. This figure is higher still among 18 to 29-year-olds with 63 per cent of people in that category agreeing with the statement.