Money quote: The researchers found that most women speed daters said yes (meaning they’d like to see a man again after the four-minute speed date) less often to men of another race than they did to men of their own race.
Yes, these daters clearly discriminate by race and height and looks and other superficial qualities, but they also temper these biases once they get to know one another.” People who are terribly picky in choosing partners online will relax their standards if they spend just three or four minutes talking to someone at a speed dating session.
In September of 2014, Christian Rudder, cofounder of the online dating website Ok Cupid, released research on race and attraction from 2009 to 2014 that was compiled through interactions on Ok Cupid.
While the study found that interracial relationships are rising year by year, Ok Cupid’s research raises an interesting question: Are racial biases in dating and attraction actually decreasing, or have they gotten worse?
“Culture plays a tremendously important role in determining our perceptions of attractiveness,” said Dr. Flaton, associate professor of psychology at Hofstra University.
While he said white people were the most likely to consider relationships with people from other ethnic backgrounds, he said the biggest 'reversals' in preference, are observed among groups that display the greatest tendency towards in-group bias.
Professor Lewis' study also found that a person who is contacted by someone from a different racial background for the first time is more likely to reply, which he explains using his theory about 'pre-emptive discrimination'.'Based on a lifetime of experiences in a racist and racially segregated society, people anticipate discrimination on the part of a potential recipient and are largely unwilling to reach out in the first place,' he said.Rudder looked at millions of OKCupid interactions between 20, involving more than 25 million people, and charted out the racial and gender preferences he found.To do this, he studied how people rated potential dates in Quick Match, a feature that shows you profiles one at a time and asks you to rate them on a scale of one to five or skip them. The results here are pretty much the same as data taken from other dating sites.And no, preferring to date someone of a particular race isn't in itself racist. I’m a bit surprised at men’s openness to interracial dating.While I’ve personally dated women across the racial spectrum, I’ve only had a handful of clients who ever expressed preferences for women of other races.