In the US, BIPOC Teens Live in More Diverse Worlds Than White Teens
In the US, the population is shifting toward greater diversity with each year. Where older generations are majority white, today’s teens are the first American demographic that is almost evenly split between white and BIPOC, according to the US Census.
Knowing that teens are the most diverse demographic of American teens to date, what do their social circles and experiences look like? To find out, the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC) conducted a study called Multicultural Majority: The Time Is Now, and ViacomCBS was a sponsor. Here are just a few insights we learned from this research:
Black and Hispanic teens go to more diverse schools than white teens. Black and Hispanic teens report that the schools they attend are 60% BIPOC. In contrast, white teens’ schools are majority white (62%).
Black and Hispanic teens also have more diverse social circles. Black teens report that 71% of their friends are BIPOC and 64% of Hispanic teens’ friends are BIPOC. White teens have friends mostly within their own racial group, with social circles that are 69% white.
Most teens feel lonely and left out – especially Hispanic teens. Among teens overall, 70% say they feel lonely sometimes or often, with Hispanic teens more likely to express this sentiment (76%) than their Black and white peers (64% and 62%, respectively). Similarly, 66% of teens report feeling left out sometimes or often – again, more among Hispanic teens (76%) than white and Black teens (68% and 65%, respectively).
It’s hard to be the “the only one” – especially for Black teens. Black teens are more likely to report feeling uncomfortable without others of the same background around. And in general, girls find it harder to “the only one” than boys. Half of Black teen girls said they would feel uncomfortable at a party or event as the only one of their background, compared with 39% of Hispanic girls and 31% of white girls. A third of Black teen boys said they would feel uncomfortable, compared with 26% of white boys and 14% of Hispanic boys.