Only half of young people are exclusively attracted to opposite sex, new survey reveals

ONLY half of young people in the UK are exclusively attracted to the opposite sex, new research has revealed.

A survey by research group Ipsos Mori has revealed that 50 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds (known as Generation Z) are "only attracted to those of the opposite sex".

But the researchers – who quizzed 1,127 Brits – found that the proportion of people who are only attracted to the opposite sex increased with age, The Times reports.

It comes as celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, Riverdale's Lili Reinheart and Willow Smith revealed they are attracted to both sexes over the past few years.

Psychologists believe the study – which found similar results in the US – shows a generational shift in how young people view sexuality.

Karen Blair, an expert in the psychology of sexual orientation at Trent University, told the publication: "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."

The expert said young people in the UK under the age of 25 have A "drastically different" experience compared to their grandparents due to how attitudes towards sexuality has changed.

Professor of sexual health at Southampton University Cynthia Graham acknowledged "sexual fluidity" is much more common in young women than previously thought.

"The bottom line is that people are moving away from categorical binary definitions," she added. "People do want something that defines them, but they want something that accurately describes who they are."

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