Latin people are infamously unfaithful, according to most outsiders as well as insiders.
But is there any truth to this stereotype?
Or have we unfairly labeled an entire culture and community?
In this article, we’ll take a look at what the truth is and what is complete fiction when it comes to Latino and Latina cheating.
That way, if you are in or planning on entering a relationship with a Central or South American, you can proceed with peace of mind.
What do the numbers say?
According to statistics, there may be some truth to the claims that Latin people are big cheaters.
Grupo de Diarios America (GDA) conducted an online survey, including 13,000 participants, to see how rampant the issue is. Of these, about 63% of the respondents admitted to having cheated on their partners at least once during their relationship.
It was a common theme in all of the 11 sampled Central and South American countries, with Colombia leading the pack in a number of infidelities from the surveys.
If these numbers are anything to go by, there are a lot of Latin people who cheat. However, it is not all gloom and doom.
The remaining 37% who have never cheated are more than enough to maintain hope for people interested in monogamous relationships!
Facts behind the misconception
We have seen what the numbers have to say about the risks of being cheated on when dating a Latin American.
So what is it about their personalities and the Latino dating culture that makes this a trend? Could it also be that they are just misunderstood?
Let’s see what you will be dealing with.
Latinos are very confident
Central and South American people are known for their fierce pride and self-confidence. They are usually very confident in their very beautiful skin, and it certainly shows in how they interact with other people.
This confidence often spills over into flirty behavior even when there are no nefarious intentions – but it is a slippery slope. Such interactions easily result in infidelity.
Latinos are very passionate
Another very important thing you need to understand to change your perspective on the cheating Latina stereotype is that they are very passionate. That leads to both real infidelities as well as accusations of the same when there was no mistake made.
With the former, their passionate nature often leads them to pursue multiple intimate relationships despite being in satisfying committed ones.
On the other hand, their passion as they interact with platonic friends and strangers could also be misconstrued as blatant flirting and cheating. It is a double-edged sword.
Latinos are very in touch with their sexuality
Latin Americans are very sexual individuals. It does not mean that they have loose morals and will throw themselves at anything with a pulse. However, their confidence in their sexuality and their fearlessness regarding pursuing their intimate desires often leads to cheating.
Boundaries are blurry and flexible
Finally, you have to understand that many Latinos are very easy-going people. They are not always big on labels and commitment. Boundaries can be very blurry, especially if you haven’t had a specific conversation to lay them down.
Can you have a healthy relationship with a Latin person?
While there are admittedly many Latin cheaters out there, there are just as many faithful men and women for you to have healthy, committed relationships with.
Here are a few tips that should help you find them and navigate the tricky Latino dating culture to reduce your chances of ending up heartbroken:
- Define the relationship and set boundaries as early as possible.
- Show interest in their interests so you can spend more time together.
- Open up about your insecurities.
- Make the consequences of cheating clear and actually follow through if they cheat.
Going by the numbers, cheating is an issue you have to be concerned about when dating a Latino or a Latina. Cheating sites like Ashley Madison, Heated Affairs or others are very used in Latin America.
However, you are not entirely helpless when it comes to making it work. As with any other relationship, you have to be ready to put in some effort to be successful. Maybe polygamy would be a better solution?
And while you can never really stop a man or woman from cheating on you, there is a lot you can do to form a strong foundation that minimizes this risk.
The good news is that you know all you need to about dating a Latino to protect your heart as much as possible!