When I told Mami that I met Boo on an online dating site, she almost fainted from shock. “Santo Dios! Why would anyone meet a man online? Are things that bad out there?!” She lamented. Not exactly, lady. Online dating isn’t for the heartbroken, single and lonely. As a matter of fact, Latinos are now as inclined to find love online as your abuela is to attend Sunday mass. Thank your love for technology and dating apps, which make it that much easier to find a mate online even with super busy schedules.
What else do you need to know about online dating? What are Latinas really into and up to when perusing dating apps and checking out profiles? Cristy Marrero, Zoosk Hispanic Spokesperson, dishes:
Latinos are researching their online suitors.
Safety is one of the reasons why Mami is against online dating. “He may kidnap you and I won’t ever see you again!” She’d yell dramatically. Well, it is a common concern, which is why Latinos who date online put on their detective hats and get to investigating. “To address this concern Zoosk launched a Photo Verification tool,” Marrero assured. “Since its launch, Zoosk has verified over 3.8 million profiles.” And Latinos are 2.5 times more likely to receive a message from an interest than those who don’t verify their profile. Safety first!
Latinas who initiate get more love.
Although many of us were raised old school, Latinas are more open to initiate contact online, and it works. Christy explains how a Latina’s confidence plays out when online dating. “Latinas are more empowered than ever and are taking the initiative to make contact with a guy they like. Therefore, they look for men who are not intimidated by this confidence.” When a Latina does initiate contact with a man online she is 5 times more likely to get a response than women from other cultures.
Latinas are all about trust.
When it comes to trust, men have to earn a Latina’s. “Once a person earns their trust, they will get into the relationship wholeheartedly,” Marrero commented. This explains why Latinas dig into a man when online dating. We have big hearts but we refuse to share our love without confianza.
Latinas like the swirl.
Unlike past generations, Latinos are now much more open to date outside their ethnicity. Dominicans date Puerto Ricans, Mexicans date Cubans, and many of you date outside your race. “Hispanics are one of the demographics that is most open to interracial dating,” Marrero stated. “So online dating offers singles the opportunity to meet people of various backgrounds and ethnicities.”
Latinas are looking for long-term commitment.
Don’t believe the stories of players and men who are dogs. According to Zoosk’s research, most Latinos want to commit and have fulfilling romantic relationships. We seek quality long-term partners, and that includes men who are educated, respectful and who want to start a family. “Having children, living a religious life and being married are still important to their lives,” Christy explained. “89% of Latinos say that having high aspirations for career success is very important. Meanwhile, half say that having children (55%), living a religious life (51%) and being married (48%) are very important to their life.”
It seems that not much has changed with Latinas and love. Just like our ancestors, we want to be respected, loved and to build a life with an hombre who is of quality and wants a family. The shift is in where we find love. Luckily for you, you can pick up your phone and meet a man. Love is literally at your fingertips.