In a new study it is found online daters usually prefer interracial contact even though at initial stage they opt contacting someone of same race
The study was based on analyzing of anonymous data taken from dating websites. The daters were not surveyed directly.
Sociologist Kevin Lewis of University of California said, “I’m showing that racial boundaries are being crossed and are more permeable than we once thought.”
Lewis studied 126,134 U.S. users from OkCupid.com dating website. His study is published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” journal.
The sociologist found daters were more likely to respond to interest of other daters from another race, but once it is reciprocated they were more likely to contact others outside the race.
Lewis added, “It’s not that people’s levels of prejudice are changing; people are avoiding others from a different racial background because they think those other people won’t be interested… Receiving an interracial contact and replying to it makes you send over twice as many new interracial messages in the short-term future than you would have otherwise.”
It is also found that the whites contact outside their race, but the Asians still believes in contacting within their race.
Sociologist Jennifer Lundquist found black daters are mostly ignored when they contact someone who is non-black. She also adds the black women are most penalized by online dating group.
Lewis also said he found cross-racial interest does not last long, sometimes only for about a week.