Along the spectrum of sexuality sits asexuality. (Actually for Alfred Kinsey, he put the concept outside his famous Kinsey Scale, marking it with an “X.”) Those who identify as asexual do not feel sexual desire and/or want sexual intercourse (though they may still have romantic feelings).
Asexuality and its nuances have been misunderstood for decades, as have those who self-identify with the term. So how many people identify as asexual?
It’s hard to say. Like many sexual statistics, it’s all self-reported. But there have been a few studies done.
Kinsey estimated that asexuals numbered around 1.5% of the adult male population in the later 1940s to early 1950s. But he didn’t mention female asexuals, and we don’t know how thorough his methodology was.
Elsewhere, a 2004 British study analyzed data and found that around 1.1% of Brits claimed the label. A recent article on “Wired” named estimates ranging from .6% to 5.5%.
There’s no definitive way to tell. But hopefully more data will be uncovered as research into asexuality grows.