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6 key study findings on young Hispanics in the US

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  • Study Reveals Significant Insights
  • A Growing Number of Hispanic Youth in College
  • The Latino University Students of Generation Z

Chispa, the dating app designed for Latino singles in the USA, owned by Match Group, has launched its second annual study, «Latinos in College.»

This study analyzes the behaviors, attitudes, and cultural influences that shape the lives of Latino college students.

It also uncovers interesting findings related to technology, safety, politics, social values, mental health, sexual behavior, and language use.

The enrollment of Hispanic individuals aged 18 to 24 in higher education has experienced a significant increase, reaching 2.4 million in 2021, up from 1.2 million in 2005.

Young Hispanics in the US are highly influential

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It is expected that Hispanic enrollment in higher education will exceed 4.0 million students by 2026.

«This collaboration with Chispa has allowed us to shed light on an understudied but highly influential demographic group: Latino college students of Generation Z.»

So said Dr. Jake Beniflah, the founder of the Center for Multicultural Science.

«Their perspectives on technology, culture, and social issues provide fascinating insights into the intersection of love, relationships, and dating.»

Key Findings from the Study

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«Our findings reveal that this group is not only actively shaping the future of dating but is also influencing broader social norms.»

The study is based on responses from 1,000 Hispanic university students from Generation Z.

Both app users and non-users were interviewed.

The study offers a comprehensive examination of this group’s perspectives on pressing social issues. Here are the findings…

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR)

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The pervasive influence of AI and VR is undeniable, redefining how we interact, work, and even live.

73% of Latino college students are still AI virgins when it comes to their love lives.

They haven’t used AI-powered chatbots. However, 46% believe that AI can help generate date ideas.

79% completely agree that VR can transport them to fun and exotic environments, while 31% claim that AI allows them to fulfill their sexual fantasies without judgment.

2. Relationship with Firearms: Safety or Second Amendment Rights?

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Gun violence is at its peak. The majority (80%) doesn’t consider it a «deal-breaker» if their partner owns a firearm.

Over half (56%) of Latino college students believe in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

88% believe in background checks before purchasing a firearm, and 84% believe in increasing funding for mental health to reduce gun violence.

56% of students are concerned about starting a family due to the level of gun violence in the country, although 1 in 5 (18%) currently owns a firearm.

3. Elections and Social Attitudes: Tradition or Vision of the Future?

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We’re approaching another election year. What does the Hispanic Generation Z think about some of the issues that have sparked «culture wars»?

40% of Latino college students fear a violent backlash against racial and ethnic minorities following the 2024 elections, and 39% have not yet decided who they will vote for.

75% of students do not believe that books on race should be banned in public schools.

Immigration remains a significant issue, with 3 in 4 students believing that healthcare should not be denied based on immigration status, and 65% think that undocumented immigrants should have the right to work in the United States.

4. Mental Health and Relationships

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According to the study’s results, Latino students claim that mental health issues affect their relationships and sex lives.

64% of Latino college students agree that mental health affects the joy of being in a relationship.

48% say that their mental health affects their ability to enjoy sex.

That being said, 48% of students state that sexual activity helps improve their mental health.

5. Sexual Awakening Despite Cultural Stigma

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The topic of sex is still considered taboo in many traditional Latino families, but the study shows that college students are more open.

74% of university students have not had to suppress their sexual desires due to cultural expectations.

56% have engaged in sexting with their partners, and 49% have shared intimate photos with their partners. One in three Latinos wants to «role-play» (32%).

The primary sexual behaviors that students have experienced are sexting (56%), sharing photos (49%), using sex toys (29%), faking orgasms (28%), and recording each other in the bedroom (27%).

6. Language Use: Long live Spanglish!

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Latino university students use Spanglish more frequently than just Spanish or English.

Is Spanglish ready to become the second most spoken «language» in the United States?

73% of Latino college students use Spanglish in their social lives, while 67% use it at home, and 61% use it at work.

Chispa is the largest dating app created for Latinos in the USA, with 8 million downloads and the goal of helping Latinos make new connections with singles from similar backgrounds, cultures, and communities.

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