Bisexuality Is On the Rise, New Study Shows

Two is always better than one.


For many years, people have inexplicably debated whether or not bisexuality exists. Now, skeptics may have some much less firepower in their arsenal.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Thursday that surveyed over 9,000 people spanning from 2011 to 2013. While the questions ranged from race to orientation to sexual experience, one notable trend stood out: there are more people identifying as bisexual than ever before.

According to CNN, the previous study, covering the years from 2006-2010, indicated that 3.9% of women identified as bisexual. Now that number has jumped to 5.5%. Men have seen an increase as well; 2% of men in the most recent study described themselves as bisexual, up from 1.2% in previous years.

This should come as no surprise, considering the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex also released a study last year indicating that 82% of female participants were aroused by images of both men and women.

Oh, and it turns out anal is pretty popular, too. The CDC reports that 42.3% of men and 35.9% of women have done it. 

But why are we delving so deep into the bedroom behaviors of strangers in the first place? According to Casey E. Copen, lead author on the CDC report it’s “to separate out and study these categories, like lesbian and bisexual women and gay and bisexual men, because they all have different health outcomes and different levels of access to health care,” Copen told CNN. Understanding the experiences of different populations helps target where resources are most needed.

But for you, think of it this way: perhaps you’re more likely to get that threeway you’ve always wanted after all.