Mar 14

NEW STUDY: Less Than 50% Of Teens Identify As Straight – WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News

Generation Z is proving that the social divide among their parents and grandparents will all but disappear. The younger generations are more open to acceptance and are known to accept many different gender identities.

The J. Walter Thompson group released a new survey of young Americans aged 13 to 20 years old (Generation Z) and found that they are extremely open-minded.  Only 48% of Gen Z identified as exclusively heterosexual as compared to the 65% of millennials (age 21 to 34).

When it came to bisexuality, a whopping 34% of Gen Z identified with the sexual middle ground while only 6% exclusively identified as gay.  The rest didn’t know or did not answer.

When it comes to bathrooms, gender neutral is the rule of the road.  70% of the respondents agree with the statement “It’s important for public spaces to provide access to gender neutral bathrooms”.

VICE helped break things down even more in this study.  “56% of 13-to-20-year-olds said that they knew someone who went by gender neutral pronouns such as “they,” “them,” or “ze,” compared to 43% of people aged 28 to 34 years old. Over a third of Gen Z respondents also strongly agreed that gender did not define a person as much as it used to. This figure dropped to 23% among millennials who were 28 and up.”

In all, the study shows the openness of the younger generations and the lack of arguments when it comes to gay rights.

“We did a survey of Gen Z for a report released in May 2015 and found that 81 percent said that gender doesn’t define a person as much as it used to,” said Shepherd Laughlin, the director of trendspotting at J. Walter Thompson.

“We’re even more confident about this for this particular survey because we see clear patterns across the different questions that show that Gen Z has a more complex and less binary approach to gender than millennials,” he told Broadly.

The new generation is offering up a wide array of terms that reads like a buffet: aromantic, cisgender, asexual, non-binary, genderqueer, gendersexual and transgender among others.  Exposure is happening and growing on Snapchat, Instagram and Tumblr, that’s where many of the Gen Z group is claiming to learn about these new identities.

All in all, the study shows the open mind of the younger generation is wide open and levels of hate and discrimination are dropping by acceptance and understanding.

The results were discussed at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX on a panel called: “Generation Z and Gender: Beyond Binaries?”

Source: NEW STUDY: Less Than 50% Of Teens Identify As Straight – WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

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