Well, I was just replying to another thread about public awareness and I got to thinking about how common (or not) AB/DL tendencies are. More interestingly, I was wondering if the number of people who claim to be AB/DL is increasing - and I'm talking about over a fairly long time period, i.e. decades? If it is increasing in the population, how much (if any) of that increase can be attributed to increased access to information, i.e. websites such as this one? Perhaps these questions are impossible to answer, but I thought I would see what everyone thought.
What do I think?
I wonder if AB/DL is a spectrum - I suspect it might be. Maybe young people on the low-end of the spectrum (those with only a mild interest in diapers) might, in the absence of availability or information from the Internet, not go on to call themselves AB/DL. Whereas, in the presence of supportive media and with the availability of diapers, maybe the same people get more into the AB/DL lifestyle to the point that they consider themselves part of the community. So, if this is true, we could see an increase in the number of people who claim to be AB/DL due to the Internet and perhaps recent TV shows.
But there are other factors. I think there are some people who get into this when they are older. For me, these feeling go back as far as I can remember. So, it has always puzzled me when I read about older people like teenagers getting into the AB/DL lifestyle. Is this a lifestyle choice? If so, again the Internet community must contribute and therefore we could say that there is reason to see an increase. But then, maybe these people were always on the low-end of the spectrum (as in my previous paragraph) and the feelings are being amplified by puberty or something else.
Anyway, lots of thoughts there. What does everybody think?