Only half of young people claim to be exclusively attracted to the opposite sex, according to a new poll.
Ipsos Mori, who conducted the survey, found that 50 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds are ‘only attracted to those of the opposite sex’.
As the age groups became older, the proportion only attracted to the opposite gender increased.
Psychologists believe the results show a generational shift in how young people view sexuality.
Karen Blair, an expert in the psychology of sexual orientation at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, told The Times: “The increases at least partially represent an increase in willingness and ability to come out.
“Each recent generation has faced fewer and fewer external pressures to conform to heterosexuality.”
She added that many under 25s will have had a ‘drastically different’ experience to older generations.
Celebrities including model Cara Delevigne, Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart and Will Smith‘s daughter Willow Smith have been open about the fact they identify as bisexual.
Similarly, a US survey found that a record 5.6 per cent of Americans now class themselves as LGBTQ. For the main majority, they identified as bisexual.
Likewise, younger generations were found to be more open-minded when it comes to sexual orientation.
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