The percentage of men under the age of 30 who report not having had sex in at least a year came in at 28% in 2018, the highest figure ever recorded in that age range since the survey first began asking about sexual frequency in the late eighties (N = 2,818). From 1989 through 2012, the under-30 incel percentage remained steady, averaging 13%*. Then in 2014 it shot up to a new high of 21%, notched up again to 22% in 2016, and then as mentioned hit another new all-time high in 2018 at 28%.
It looks like the rise of the incel corresponds with the onset of The Great Awokening.
Back in the halcyon days of the early 2000s, I remember leftists warning the US was on the verge of becoming a theocracy. I dismissed them as deluded hysterics at the time but it turns out I was very, very wrong.
To my Mennonite and Muslim brothers, I feel riper for conversion than at any other time in my life up to this point.
* It looks like there was a transcription error in the 2012 data. It shows an incel rate of 3% which is by far the lowest year on record, the next lowest being 10% in 1996. This exceptionally low figure makes for a confusing graphical representation of the data which is why I elected not to present one here. I could throw the 2012 figure out but since I can’t be sure it was a transcription error as opposed to extreme noise, I don’t want it to look like the data is being cherry-picked, either.
GSS variables used: SEXFREQ, SEX(1), AGE(18-29), YEAR