Although it isn’t known how much of the human population is actually bisexual, there are many popular notions that people are either attracted to women or to men and that they are either heterosexual or homosexual. The fact is that research has consistently shown that human sexuality is much more complicated than this.
Important Bisexuality Statistics to Know
1. Nearly 13% of women between the ages of 18-44 said that they were attracted to both sexes.
2. The percentage of men who self-identify as bisexual in the 18-44 age demographic: 1.8%.
3. When asked about sexual attraction, however, almost 6% of men stated that they were attracted to both men and women.
4. In a 2009 survey, bisexuals were tolerated only slightly more than intravenous drug users in a survey of self-identifying heterosexuals.
5. Bisexual men are 5x more likely to use methamphetamine than the general population.
6. Children who are abused are 6x more likely to become bisexual than any other population demographic.
7. Nearly half of all men who are aggressive against same sex behaviors experienced arousal when shown pictures of naked men.
8. Data from Australia shows that both men and women who are bisexual have the highest percentages of suicide attempts.
9. For teens that are bisexual, they are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and feelings than any other self-identified group.
10. Women who have sex with both genders have significantly higher risks of breast and ovarian cancer.
11. About 50% of the bisexual male population, under current medical science, is not expected to reach their 65th birthday.
12. 6 out of every 10 self-identifying bisexuals don’t actually fit into the definition of bisexual behavior.
13. In the UK, a 2013 national survey found that 7% of men had at least one sexual experience with another man at some point in their life.
14. For girls who identify themselves as bisexual, they are more likely to have intercourse for the first time by the age of 14 when compared to heterosexual or same sex identifications.
15. When a teen identifies themselves as a bisexual, they are more likely to use some form of contraception.
16. Nearly 25% of bisexual and same sex orientation males in a survey of 10 US cities had not ever been tested for HIV.
17. Women who identify as being bisexual have twice the prevalence of pregnancy in young women who are either heterosexual or questioning their sexual orientation.
18. More kids are afraid to tell their fathers of their bisexual orientation than their mother.
19. For those who identify as bisexual, the average age they first thought they were attracted to both genders was 13.
20. Most bisexuals won’t tell someone about their sexual orientation until the age of 20.
21. Two thirds of the respondents of a recent LGBT survey were Caucasian. 14% were Black and 12% were Hispanic.
22. Nearly half of all bisexual households have a total family income that is less than $30k.
23. Only 9% of those aged 65 or older in a recent survey identified themselves as bisexual.
24. Up to 40% of the LGBTQ community identifies itself as bisexual, with women having a 2 to 1 advantage over men in this identification.
More Interesting Facts About Bisexuality
Bisexuality might be the last form of sexual orientation that is considered taboo in many societies. Many choose not to self-identify in public that they are attracted to men and women, so having exact figures is simply impossible at the time of this writing. What is estimated, however, is that the bisexual population may be as large as the same sex population is – and it might even be larger.
Part of the reason why there isn’t complete data in this sector is the fact that many countries have made it illegal until very recently to have same-sex relationships. It is still against the law to be bisexual in some locations on this planet if sex involves two parties of the same gender, even if it is consensual. This is even true for the United States.
There is some data that can be found, but much of the statistics on bisexuality are dated by a decade or more. Even so, there are so uncommon statistics that should be taken a closer look at so we can all better understand what it really means to be human.
Impact on Society
Being bisexual seems to have the same markers today, when looking at these statistics, as having a same sex orientation had nearly two decades ago.
As people have grown to accept same sex relationships instead of fear them, the acceptance of their choices and orientation have become part of society. The same would likely be true for bisexuality, but as of this moment, there is no one to stand up for this niche demographic within the LGBTQ community. For change to occur, a leader must stand up against these negative stigmas and discuss why sexual attraction to men and women is a rather normal thing.
There are some trends that we can find in the modern data and survey results from those who identify themselves as bisexual. The population is often more liberal as a whole than the rest of society and tends to vote Democratic more than Republican. They are often less religious and less happy with their lives, but they are more satisfied with the direction their country is headed when the big picture is looked at. They have lower incomes than average, but this is likely because they are also much younger on average than the general public.
Being bisexual doesn’t have to be a bad thing. For those who have this orientation, it is just as normal as it is for someone who has a heterosexual orientation. What this means for the rest of society is that everyone needs to take a second look at these facts and statistics to see that bisexuals are just people like you and me.