Dating across racial lines
Online dating sites like Ok Cupid and Tinder have given researchers a new window into how people conceptualize what they want (or don’t want) in a romantic partner.As it turns out, race is a huge factor when it comes to making romantic connections online, one that puts certain groups at persistent, structural disadvantages.As recently as 1995, fewer than half of all Gallup survey respondents favored interracial marriage—and only 4 percent did in 1985.Now such sentiments are relegated to shadowy Internet message boards and corners of right-wing talk radio.Prior to becoming a dating coach, Damona spent over 10 years behind the scenes in TV and has credits as a Casting Director, Network Executive, Consulting Producer, and Executive Producer. Damona has a degree is Communications from Northwestern University, a Graduate Certificate in Producing from U. Tip: Sign In to save these choices and avoid repeating this across devices.You can always update your preferences in the Privacy Centre.
In 2010, only about 15 percent of new marriages were interracial—bringing the total number up to 8.4 percent from 3.2 percent in 1980.
The major takeaway, judging from the numbers, is that almost all groups should be about equally compatible with each other.
That is not even remotely close to how it works in real life. Black men and women get far fewer responses to their initial inquiries then virtually any other group across the board. White women strongly prefer men of their own race to all other races or ethnicities.
Asian and Hispanic women are actually more likely to respond to white guys than Asian or Hispanic men. “Ok Cupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be,” he wrote in a blog post.
Despite being the most likely to respond to messages themselves, black women tend to have the lowest rate of messages received—from any race, including black guys. “If anything, racial bias has intensified a bit.” The one thing that had changed was users’ willingness to proclaim they had no racial preference while still clearly acting on the same racial prejudices. This difference between people’s stated racial preferences in online dating and how they actually behave has been replicated in other research.
There’s a good chance, however, the growing prevalence of online dating may actually be having the effect of breaking down racial barriers instead of erecting new ones.