An official investigation released Sunday found that 68 percent of young Cubans are happy in their country, while 71 percent felt “proud of being Cuban” and 82 percent were “overall satisfied with their life” on the island.
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The survey was carried out by the state institution Youth Center in November 2016 of over 1.3 million teenagers between the ages of 10 and 19 years old — representing over 12 percent of the total population.
About half of those surveyed wanted to go to university — and 80 percent believed in the importance of study, with a medical career being the top among their aspirations.
Among the “social lack of discipline,” they admitted they sometimes had, were “putting music on at any time,” “using the school uniform incorrectly,” and “throwing garbage in the street,” among others.
About 11 percent of them confessed they smoked tobacco, 35 percent had drunk alcohol at least once and 37 percent of boys and 39 percent of girls were living with their mother only, while 2.9 percent of girls said they had a child.
The great majority also said they had a computer, access to internet usually using Wi-Fi and mobile phones.
As for sexuality, about half of the sample declared having their first sexual encounter between 14 and 15 years of age.
As for personal interests, the Cuban youth seemed to admire particularly soccer figures like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as well as singers like Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. They also expressed admiration for national reggaeton artists Yomil, el Chacal and el Principe.