Huffington Post, November 10, 2011
According to AshleyMadison.com, the Hispanic community is “the fastest growing community when it comes to infidelity.”
In a press release sent by the self-described “largest dating site for married people”, the company states that since launching the Spanish-language version of their website in 2009, 1.1 million Latinos have signed up, accounting for 31% of their total new membership.
The company further suggests that according to their data, “Hispanic members have affairs at the youngest age: Average age of 27 for women and 34 for men (compared to 33 for women and 40 for men in the general US population).”
Considering the stereotype of Latinos as family-oriented and with conservative social values, this may come as a bit of a surprise.
A separate finding reported by AshleyMadison.com in their press release corroborates this, somewhat, indicating that Hispanics who are cheating on their spouses “are choosing to have fewer partners: US members average three affair partners per year; Hispanic members average only one affair partner per year.”
However, in 2009, the National Institutes of Health published a report which showed that Latino youths are less apt to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy due to their focus “on the emotional and social repercussions of potentially revealing infidelity by advocating condom use than the physical repercussions of unsafe sex.”