More American men and women are identifying as bisexual, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study, which used data collected from the 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth, aims to provide “national estimates of sexual behavior, sexual attraction, and sexual orientation…in the United States.”
Data from the National Survey of Family Growth was collected through in-person interviews, in which respondents were asked about their sexual orientation, behavior and attraction. Though 10,000 individuals were interviewed, just over 9,000 of the responses eventually made it into the study.
The results show a slight increase in self-reported bisexuality, with 5.5% of women and 2.0% of men reporting they are bisexual, as compared to the previous 2006–2010 NSFG study which found that only 3.9% of women and 1.2% of men identified as bisexual.
Another interesting finding shows that of those individuals who identified as “heterosexual or straight,” 12.6% of women and 2.8% of men said that they had had same-sex sexual contact.
The study also revealed some interesting insights about individuals who identified as “homosexual or bisexual,” which showed that more women in this group have had opposite-sex sexual contact (89.7%) than their male counterparts (67.9%).
Further, results show that 16.4% of women and 11.4% of men who identified as ‘homosexual or bisexual’ had never had same-sex sexual contact.
To explore the rest of the report, go here.