Are you heteroflexible, pansexual or maybe just a little sapio? It's not easy to keep track of all terms for sexual preferences. So what's behind the term sapiosexual?
Being sapiosexual means you are sexually attracted to a person's intelligence or mind before their appearance. Sapio derives from the Latin word "sapere", which means as much as "wise".
So it's not really about those ripped abs, but what's in the head.
The connection between intellect and eroticism has existed for centuries, even Plato discussed it in 380 BC. But never before has sapiosexuality been as popular as it is today. So can we feel sexually attracted through a conversation? The scientific community attempted to explain the term.
In a study by the University of Western Australia, researchers concluded that about 8 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 35 are sapiosexual. However, among 30- to 45-year-olds, sapiosexuals are more frequently found on dating websites such as OkCupid. According to the New York Times, about 0.5 percent of users on this dating platform are reportedly sapiosexual, including more women than men. It is also precisely this platform that highlighted the word and made it more well-known.
Gilles Gignac, the lead author of the study, concluded that intelligence for some people plays a role in sexual attraction. Intelligent men and women are exciting because they challenge one another to the conventional and everyday subjects. This is emphasised because we tend to associate intelligence with respect, good decisions and understanding.
Many heterosexual, gay and bisexual people identify as sapiosexual. They find the intellect sexually attractive and do not believe that appearance is particularly relevant.
However, sapiosexuality has nothing to do with sexual orientation - it is rather an identity.
Sapiosexuals do not claim to be blind to beauty and do not deny it, but they argue that appearance does not elicit the same excitement and fascination as the intelligence does.