Mexicans Love Telenovelas!

That is Mex speak for soap operas. A recent survey revealed that 25 percent of Mexicans want a Mexican Telenovela Day instituted. Over half of Mexicans say they prefer watching telenovelas than spending time with their partners, while 48 percent admit to having watched telenovelas during working hours.

Do you plan your evenings around your favorite telenovela of the day? If you answered yes, you are certainly not alone. There is no doubt that the telenovela hype is widespread across Latin America – in fact, you can’t escape their reach even if you tried! In some Latin American countries, even kick-off times for football matches are delayed until after the end of each episode, and if you walk down the street between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., there is bound to be a telenovela episode playing in every store, restaurant, bar and home.

TelenovelaFan.com conducted a widespread survey of 3,500 people to investigate just how far Latin Americans’ love of telenovelas goes. The results revealed that over 1/4 (27 percent) of viewers in Mexico believe there should be a public holiday dedicated just to telenovelas!

When broken down by country,  it appeared that Latinos based in the U.S. were most keen on the idea with a staggering 61 percent agreeing.

The survey also found that 44 percent of people admit to watching telenovelas during work hours! If you missed the previous night’s episode, you have to make it up before the next one, right? Even if that means it’s during your lunch break!

Additionally, half (54 percent) of respondents confessed they would rather watch telenovelas than spend time with their partner. Could this be to minimize distractions in order to become totally immersed in the storyline? And nearly half of viewers say they tend to socialize less because of telenovelas.

Interestingly, 58 percent of viewers think telenovelas should include more contemporary storylines, such as LGBT topics. A couple of months ago, a new Mexican soap opera, Juntos, El Corazon Nunca se Equivoca (Together, the heart never makes a mistake), debuted the country’s very first telenovela to feature a gay couple as leading characters. The show centers on the young teenage couple who move to Mexico City to attend a university. This was an important step forward for gay rights in Latin America, given the massive influence telenovelas can have on social issues across the nation.

Finally, telenovela fans admit the longest they spent watching back-to-back telenovelas is a whopping 6.6 hours! Is that including or excluding bathroom breaks?!

"Telenovelas are an important part of Latin culture and it should be noted the immense impact these series can have on social issues, given the consistency and community they bring," says a spokesperson for TelenovelaFan.com. ‘We are in support of a full day dedicated to the viewing of your favorite telenovelas!’

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