A quarter of young adult surveyed 'identify using non-gendered pronouns'

Nearly a quarter of young adults now identify using a non-gendered pronoun, such as "they" or "them", a study has found.

Of those aged 18 to 24, 23 percent reported using a non-gendered pronoun, with 48 percent stating their pronoun on their email signature of social profiles.

Harry Gove, spokesman for OnePoll said: “Our findings show a clear generational divide among the British public when it comes to the subject of gender identity.

"Those aged 18-24 in particular are much more accepting of new ideas in this area, which older respondents may be less sure about.”

More broadly, 45 percent of all ages polled supported the right to gender self-identification with 34 per cent against it.

Older generations were more likely to be dismayed by the everyday nature of gender self-identification.

Most people surveyed said the debate has gone two fair with 62 percent saying the issue is now "disproportionately pandering to the wishes of a small minority".

This falls to 48 percent among people born between 1997-2012 but rises 78 percent among over-65s.

Similarly 63 percent think British institutions overreact to pronouns sensitivities, with 79 percent of respondents aged 55-64 agreeing but only 33 per cent of 19-24 years agreeing.

Among 19-24 years olds 44 percent believed the response to pronouns from institutions was appropriate.

Speaking to TalkTV's Ian Collins and Mike Graham, commentator Nicola Thorp said she uses pronouns on her Twitter and Instagram profiles as an "act of solidarity" for her non-binary friends.

However all age groups were sympathetic towards those who 'mis-gender' transgender people, like BBC presenter Alex Jones did during an interview with pop star Sam Smith.