“Men and women from all racial backgrounds disproportionately initiate contact with other site users from the same racial background,” Lewis concludes. But the situation changes when he followed up on these initial messages and looked at the replies. The relative favoritism for someone of the same race shrinks dramatically and, in some cases, goes away entirely. For some groups, initial messages were more likely to get a response if they came from someone belonging to a different group entirely (this was true for the Asian, Indian, and Hispanic users).
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Dating After 40
Lewis’ findings align with former online dating research that has found black women to be the least desired by non-black men. His research also reinforces OkCupid’s 2009 study , which reported white males were the most likely to receive responses to their messages from users of any race. However, Lewis also found that people were more willing to reply to a user of a different race after that person initiated contact. Furthermore, they were more likely to start a conversation with a user of a different race after that interaction. Lewis said one qualifying factor for this could be simple preemptive discrimination.
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Study Proves Racism Affects Everything, Even Our Online Dating Habits
As it turns out, we have lived five blocks from each other since the ’90s and probably walked past each other dozens of times over the years. We needed to go to Massachusetts to meet, through someone I met on the Internet. So I guess in a roundabout way I met my girlfriend on the Internet, kinda, sorta. So what’s the moral of this story? Oy, the moral. That’s too much pressure!
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