Research shows more young men consider themselves bisexual compared to older age groups

A new survey has been conducted to assess The State of Man in modern Britain.

The piece of research – conducted by YouGov for the 30th anniversary edition of British GQ – quizzed a range of men from different ages, sexual orientations, backgrounds, and professions on their views of masculinity, mental health and sexual behaviour.

Over 1,000 men took part in the survey, which aimed to shine a spotlight on the changing landscape of what it means to be a man in the UK.

The results showed big differences in attitudes of men between varying age categories.

One of the more notable findings is that more men in a younger age bracket would consider themselves bisexual, compared to those older than them.

11% of the men asked aged 16-24 said they would consider their sexual orientation to be bisexual, but that falls to 3% of men aged 25-34.

Elsewhere, 75% of men said they identify as completely male, but that falls to 58% when looking specifically at the 16-24 age bracket.

When it comes to questions about mental health, the results fall in line with previous research that shows LGBTQ people are more vulnerable than heterosexual people.

Asked if they’d considered taking their life in the past 12 months, around a quarter of the respondents aged 25-44 said they had.

That figure, however, increases to around a third when looking at the answers of GBTQ respondents.

Again, 33% of men 25-44 aged said that they, in the last year, had felt life wasn’t worth living.

That statistic climbs to almost half (45%) for the GBTQ respondents.

When it comes to social media, only 3% of men aged 16-24 said that it was impacting their personal wellbeing ‘extremely positively’.

Social media was seen as having a negative personal impact on mental health across all age categories in the survey.

As for #MeToo, only 52% of men questioned aged 55 and over were aware of the movement. That climbs to 88% of men aged 16-24.

The full results of The State of Man are available in the new issue of British GQ.

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