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How Do Young People Feel About Sex, Relationships and Love?

We surveyed VICE readers about sex and love, and here's what we found.
September 21, 2016, 10:50am

We spoke to over 2,500 18- to 34-year-olds living in the UK to explore and document what life is like for young people in Britain in 2016. From Blackpool to Belfast, from country fairs to council estates, the nation's youth told us exactly how they felt about money, politics, drugs, sex, music, clothes and everything else that matters. This is the VICELAND Census, all this week on VICELAND and VICE.COM.

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We've already heard what you think about Britain and politics, now we move on to sex and relationships.

We hear two conflicting stories about the way young people bonk each other now. On the one hand, our generation are supposed to be tinder-swiping, fuck-buddying, pansexuals, the most sexually experimental generation since the Ancient Greeks. Yet study after study has found that millennials have less sex than previous generations. Which is it? Well we just asked you.

SEXUALITY

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Among our readers, sexuality seems more fluid than among the population as a whole. When we asked people to rate out of 10 how gay they felt (which is a kind of rudimentary measure of the complexities of sexuality, but you know, it gave us a graph). 31 percent of people say they felt 5/10 "gay" or more.

This was not equal across genders though. On the whole, women consider themselves to have more of a fluid identity than men. Women averaged 4.1 on the scale, compared to 2.5 for young men.

Four fifths of the respondents who chose "0" on the scale were male.

SEX

85% of readers have had sex in past 12 months. Congrats guys.

24 percent of young people said they would consider a sexual relationship with a robot. Men are 1.65 times more likely to consider a sexual relationship with a robot than women. Surprisingly, people who hadn't had sex in the past year were no more likely to want to do it with a robot. Come on guys, maybe you need to broaden your horizons.

Young people have no problem with the morning after pill.

Two thirds of young people would see someone having opposing political views as being a turn off when considering them as a potential partner.

MARRIAGE

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About half of our respondents said they were currently married, cohabiting or in a relationship, with the other half being single, divorced or widowed.

Out of the people that are in a relationship but not married over half believed that they will get married to their current partner.

LONELINESS

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31 percent of young people fear never finding love. It's a more common concern than being homeless, losing a job, being imprisoned or even being caught in a terror attack.

The results change drastically when measured against relationship status.

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For those who are single the fear is much more pertinent, with 42 percent claiming it as their biggest fear.

READ: Why Do Young People Fear Loneliness The Most?

Those who are in relationships, or are married understandably don't seem to be bothered, and say being homeless a much more pressing concern.

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More on the VICELAND UK Census:

Why Young People Are Wrong To Abandon Patriotism

The VICELAND UK Census: Britain, Politics and Discrimination

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