A. F. F. ... Frequency of Homosexuality Across the Globe  

tamethytension 54M
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9/25/2005 11:47 am

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A. F. F. ... Frequency of Homosexuality Across the Globe


A year ago, the demographer inside of me became interested in the wealth of sexual statistics within what is arguably one of the largest databases of sexual interests ever collected ... namely that of AdultFriendFinder and its subsidiaries. Approaching 20 million profiles, across such a wide geography, I was curious as to whether it would be possible to tease out any meaningful information that at the same time may in fact hold some truth. It is important to note that there are no shortage of pitfalls in attempting a scientific analysis of the information presented within the profiles. There is the matter of accuracy in reporting, the accuracy of the data presentation for example.. There are the various biases that are associated with the very nature of what a sex site may attract in the way of correspondents. A lengthy dissertation could be written on that alone but suffice it to say that anything I report here must be taken with a good deal of caution.

There are two things that permit one to suggest that some findings could indeed be reasonabe approximations of reality. The data sets are HUGE. There comes a point in statistical analyses where very large data sets, across sufficient geography, and time can absorb sufficent noise (sources of error/bias) so as to leave a pretty clear signal (meaningful information). One also can calibrate one data set against another taken some time later, provided that the variable one is reporting (in this case rates of homosexuality) is not expected to change as a consequence of that shift in time frame.

Here, simply to introduce the reader, I report some figures on homosexuality as gathered from the listings to be found under the heading of BROWSE within A.F.F. I only consider geographic regions where there were overall 100,000 male correspondents, and 20,000 female correspondents. I'll spare you the rest of my methodology. Here is what I found based upon AdultFriendFinder profiles as of 1 October 2004:

Male Homosexuality: UNITED STATES

Alabama - 6.7%
Arizona - 6.6%
California - 6.7%
Colorado - 6.2%
Florida - 6.9%
Georgia - 6.7%
Illinois - 6.3%
Indiana - 6.4%
Maryland - 6.2%
Massachusetts - 7.2% (HIGH)
Michigan - 5.8% (LOW)
Missouri - 6.2%
Nevada - 6.4%
North Carolina - 6.6%
Ohio - 6.2%
Pennsylvania - 6.6%
Tennessee - 6.6%
Texas - 6.3%
Virginia - 6.4%
Washington - 6.4%
Wisconsin - 5.9%

The average of this sample size of 22 states is:

6.49%

There is a continuuing debate in America as to the true frequency of male homosexuality. Those that would have it that this a disorder put the figure at no more than 2%. Those suggesting that this is a normal alternative to one's sexuality, have the figure at closer to 10%.

I am encouraged that my figure splits the difference of opinion, one based upon 2.5 million profiles submitted to AdultFriendFinder. I am further encouraged by the close approximation globally of this rate among Western Civilization.

Australia - 6.4%
Germany - 5.1%
Great Britain - 6.2%
Ontario - 5.4%
Mexico - 6.0%
Spain - 5.7 %

It is my conclusion, that within the United States, that the frequency of homosexuality among sexually active males, closely approximates ............. 6.5%

But what of women? The way in which the various categories of Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Bi-curious are applied within AdultFriendFinder makes this a much more difficult determination. Compounding that is the much smaller number of correspondents. Using reporting sets of a minimum of 20,000 women, I found 11 states meeting the criteria. I applied the same methods to determine that 43.7% of the female profiles in the US express themselves as among one of those three categories. So as of a year ago, among sexually active women it could be inferred that only a little more than half see themselves as straight. However, teasing out the frequency of homosexuality in women may not be possible. I have played with some numbers that I think represent the best estimate based upon the way inwhich this data is reported and arrived at 8.8%. But I remain dissatified with the amount of bias/error within the calculation to really have much confidance in that figure.

In early October, I will revisit the AdultFriendFinder profiles and produce a second set of numbers. If there is a signficant departure from what I have reported then this has largely been a useless exercise. However, if the overall average frequency holds, then I think one need seriously consider that this approach has some validity.

cheers

TTT

tamethytension 54M
2320 posts
9/25/2005 1:09 pm

The figure is derived from "Men seeking Men" listing in AdultFriendFinder.

Presumably, if you are BI then you would have a listing within
that category. However, as you would also likely list within
"Men seeking women" this then becomes a source of error in the
calculation. Just how much I have not the means to determine (theoretically it could be but would require a lot of number crunching). And so I simply must assume that "bi" men listing
in both categories is a very tiny subsample such that among
2.5 million profiles that influence on the final percentage is insignficant.

Thanks very much for pointing out that potential bias.

And again, much as it flatters, I am straight ... just not narrow.

cheers

TTT


tamethytension 54M
2320 posts
9/25/2005 1:07 pm

The figure is derived from "Men seeking Men" listing in AdultFriendFinder.

Presumably, if you are BI then you would have a listing within
that category. However, as you would also likely list within
"Men seeking women" this then becomes a source of error in the
calculation. Just how much I have not the means to determine (theoretically it could be but would require a lot of number crunching). And so I simply must assume that "bi" men listing
in both categories is a very tiny subsample such that among
2.5 million profiles that influence on the final percentage is insignficant.

Thanks very much for pointing out that potential bias.

And again, much as it flatters, I am staright ... just not narrow.

cheers

TTT


rm_Network_Minx 47F
542 posts
9/25/2005 12:40 pm

Great Post!
Thank you for sharing this information. I am very curious to see the new data when it is completed to see if the numbers hold up. Since I am a curious person have you considered the number of women who are married and bi?

Why is the sky blue?


MiAmore62 49M

9/25/2005 12:28 pm

i love to suck cock...but am bi....does this include bi? I think the number is low...also...can i suck you off? Write me!


Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

9/25/2005 12:20 pm

Hey

THis is one of the best blogs I have ever read!


tamethytension 54M
2320 posts
9/25/2005 12:17 pm

oops ... left out New Jersey = 6.4%


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