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Whites prefer whites when dating online

UC BERKELEY (US) — The quest for a post-racial society continues, even in the world of online dating, new research shows.

Data from more than 1 million profiles of singles looking for love online confirms that whites overwhelmingly prefer to date members of their own race. The same is not true for blacks, especially men, who are far more likely to cross the race barrier to meet a mate.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed the racial preferences and online activity of people from the United States who subscribed between 2009 and 2010 to a major Internet dating service. In their profiles, the online daters stated if they had a racial preference.

Researchers were then able to compare the online daters’ stated preferences with whom they actually contacted for a date, and they found profound differences between blacks and whites.

“Those who said they were indifferent to the race of a partner were most likely to be young, male and black,” says Gerald Mendelsohn, a psychologist, professor of graduate studies, and lead author of the study, which will soon be submitted for publication.

Overall, he said, “Whites more than blacks, women more than men and old more than young participants stated a preference for a partner of the same race,”

The reluctance of whites to contact blacks was true even for those who claimed they were indifferent to race. More than 80 percent of the whites contacted whites and fewer than 5 percent of them contacted blacks, a disparity that held for young as well as for older participants.

“Were they hypocritical? Alert to the realities of the social world? Striving for political correctness? Attempting an optimizing strategy of self-presentation? Our data do not permit us to choose among those alternatives,” the study authors write.

An estimated one in five Americans has used an online dating service such as eHarmony or Match.com, and a growing number of urbanites are finding romance via Facebook and other social networking sites. The percentage of couples who have met online is now nearly equal to that of pairs who met through friends or family, according to the researchers.

The last 40 years have seen a dramatic shift in attitudes in America toward black-white intermarriage—from three to one opposed to three to one in favor, says Mendelsohn. Yet, 2000 U.S. Census data shows that black-white couples represent just 1 percent of American marriages, he said.

The main findings of this study parallel the census data on marriage in that blacks are more likely than whites to be in interracial marriages, and that couples in which the husband is black and the wife is white are more common than those in which the husband is white and the wife is black, according to Mendelsohn.

“One theory is that blacks are acting like other minority populations in the history of this country,” Mendelsohn says. “They are interested in moving up in the power structure, and one way you do that is through intermarriage with the dominant group.”

According to the study, more than 80 percent of the online dating contacts initiated by whites were to other whites, with only 3 percent going to blacks. This trend held for both men and women, young and old. Although black participants initiated contact to members of their own race more than to whites, they were ten times more likely to contact whites than vice versa, according the study.

The researchers also tracked the rates of reciprocation among the pool of online daters, looking at how they responded once they received a message from an interested potential partner. Again, white men and women were most likely to respond to members of their own race, and only 5 percent of their responses went to blacks.

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  1. Alexa

    Seriously who cares. Just because there aren’t more people wanting to date outside their race doesn’t mean we’re in some sort of backwards situation. It makes sense to be with someone you can identify with.

  2. norms

    I read about an identical study, which was reported in the book “Freakonomics.”

    @Alexa: Why would you say “how cares” about a research publication? Does this offend you? Is your analysis that “makes sense to be with someone you can identify with” a scientifically derived one?

    Maybe you’re right. Maybe the answer is not that simple. The point is to learn.

    The key finding is that “The reluctance of whites to contact blacks was true even for those who claimed they were indifferent to race.”

    As a black man, I’ve always sensed that. However, I also think that minorities (blacks especially) tend to pull out the race card too quickly, when, as you suggest, it simply a matter of identity.

  3. Michael B

    @norms – there seem to be a lot of people like Alexa on this site writing comments similar to “Who cares” – maybe they don’t realise they are on a site devoted to research ;]

  4. Ronaldo

    On a more fundamental level, isn’t this just a case of self-preservation and continuation of the tribe ?

    Jews and Muslims don’t (easily) inter-marry.

    More important is to know the reason for this research. Does it serve the advancement of society and culture in the US ? Is it for market research ? Or another useless endevour that justifies the existence of an academic department/subject of study ?

    Seriously, does marrying a person of another tribe affect the price of eggs/petrol/etc ? Or signal the advent of an industry/gov’t action that’ll transform the employment prospects of the 10M unemployed ?

  5. Mitchell Young

    “maybe they don’t realise they are on a site devoted to research ”

    I think the sociology of science tells us all research has an ‘agenda’, even in the ‘hard’ sciences, but especially so in social science. In this piece, the author starts out with ‘in the quest for a post-racial society’. That is not about ‘research’, that is about values. Maybe you think it’s a good value, but it is a value nonetheless.

  6. norms

    What?? I’m a “hard” scientist, but lots of good comes from social science and economics research. To me, it’s unfortunate that people seem upset that this type of research is even done, or they don’t like the conclusion. C’mon grownups! If there’s research that says something I don’t like or don’t agree with, then that doesn’t mean the research shouldn’t have been done.

  7. Brendan

    Near the beginning of the video, there’s that one white chick with no accent who says, “I’m Hispanic, I was born in Colombia… but I find that I have dated more Caucasian men.” Geez…

  8. Joe

    Funny how they don’t mention how asians are even less likely to date blacks.

    I guess it’s so they can show just how eeevil white people are, eh?

  9. Ronaldo

    @norms

    I visited UCB about 7 years ago. It’s home to Clifford Stoll, author of Cuckoo’s Egg. I feel disappointed/let-down something this insignificant came out of Berkeley.

    Having a preference (or prejudice) is just human. 2,000 years of evolution hasn’t changed that. It won’t change in our lifetime. The sooner everyone accept that fact, the better we’ll be.

    @Joe

    You’re onto something here. Maybe that is the reason for this research! That is, if you can call it that.

  10. Frank

    I’d like to see some research which explains why television programs and commercials promote interracial relationships, especially Black men with White women.

  11. Trish b

    @Mitchell Young: You mention that “In this piece, the author starts out with ‘in the quest for a post-racial society’. That is not about ‘research’, that is about values.”

    While it’s correct that this report on the research starts out with a reference to a quest, that’s not necessarily the standpoint from which the research itself was conducted. The researchers themselves did not write this account of their research, so I would hesitate to draw conclusions about their perspective from this report.

  12. Ronaldo

    @Frank

    The media is hoping a US city will make the top 10 one day, or even top 20:

    http://www.eiu.com/public/topical_report.aspx?campaignid=Liveability2011

  13. Elaine McBride

    How typical that only Whites are targeted in this research.
    There is no great concern over why the Chinese don’t want to marry Indians, or why the Japanese don’t want to marry Somalians? Heck, the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese hardly marry each other.

    There is clearly a bias targeting Whites. (To put it politely… It may be something more sinister in nature.)

    The great concern is always over why Whites in America don’t marry African-Americans? Or, why don’t Swedes want to have Somalian neighbours? Why don’t more Irish marry Nigerians?

    It seems it will never stop until White/European people are completely eliminated from this earth entirely.
    We are already forbidden from having our countries/homeland. We’re forbidden from advocating for our own ethnic-interests. What’s next? Forbid Whites from marrying each other?

  14. Ronaldo

    I’d marry anyone with a good synaptic flow, symmetry and strong constitution. A strong backside won’t hurt either.

    A potent immune system would be great too.

    Just saying.

  15. norms

    Thanks, Elaine, for impolitely saying what others here really want to say: Whites don’t like race-focused research, especially if it says something negative about Whites. According to Elaine–they were “targeted” as though the researchers were game hunters!!

    Maybe such paranoia exists for good reason; there is much too much political correctness when it comes to perceived racist comments and/or actions by Whites, but that certainly doesn’t nullify the need for such research.

    I take solace that those of you who are upset with this research AGREE with me (but not necessarily the researchers) that saying one thing and doing another is a bad thing (value judgement). Or that being open to dating outside your race is a good thing (another value judgement). It goes to show that you’re not racist; just overly sensitive.

    In a perfect world, we will all be like color-blind, equal-opportunity Ronaldo.

  16. Marck Willard

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and “assimilating” with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  17. norms

    I love it! All the insecure cooks like Marck Willard emerge, drawn out by a relatively innocuous research study. Well, it was fun, but I’ve had enough of this tangential discussion about race. Be blessed everyone!

  18. scott

    why are people so obsessed with who white people are with? it would not surprise me one bit if they pass a law making it illegal for whites to be with whites.

  19. Frank

    @Scott:
    Given the coercive regime of affirmative action and the push for diversity uber alles it wouldn’t surprise me if it were mandated that Whites could date and marry ONLY people of another race.

  20. Jeremy

    @norms “Thanks, Elaine, for impolitely saying what others here really want to say: Whites don’t like race-focused research, especially if it says something negative about Whites”

    Does this say something negative about whites? I dont see anything especially terrible about any of this.

    Of course saying you’re an ‘equal opportunity dater’ when in fact you arent is exposed as a lie here, but then again it’s nobody’s in the first place so lying about it seems justifiable to me.

  21. norms

    @Jeremy. If everyone lied for a research study, even when they are anonymous, when what would we ever learn about ourselves? Also, “it’s nobody’s [business]?” What sense does that make? This is a research study! And I said the study says something negative about Whites, which is that they lie about their dating preferences. I didn’t say whether that’s good or bad, but obviously lots of commenters here, likely White, don’t appreciate the result.

  22. Chris

    I’m told its “none of my business” when I speak out against interracial dating/racemixing/miscegenation in society.

    Yet now I’m told, by some pseudo-intellectuals at UC Berkley:
    - Whites are the “focal point” or “target” of race mixing “research”.
    - It is “Bad” that Whites prefer to date other Whites.
    - The ‘quest for a post-racial society’ is not achieved until Whites no longer date other Whites.

    More anti-white leftist propaganda, per usual. God, do you people ever get tired of the same old lies?

  23. MikeOOooS

    White’s should only date within their race. ‘nough said

  24. Elm Sonbig

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  25. Bob

    So we’re supposed to be dating Africans then? You first, Yasmin. Then maybe we’ll take you seriously.

  26. Jeremy

    @norms

    [i]If everyone lied for a research study, even when they are anonymous, when what would we ever learn about ourselves? Also, “it’s nobody’s [business]?” What sense does that make? [/i]

    You said earlier the point was to learn. What lesson do you hope people take away from this?

    [i]And I said the study says something negative about Whites, which is that they lie about their dating preferences. I didn’t say whether that’s good or bad, [/i]

    You say its negative… then you turn right around and tell me you’re not saying its bad or good?

    [quote]but obviously lots of commenters here, likely White, don’t appreciate the result.[/quote]

    Im white and Im cool with the results, the lying too. I dont need any study to tell me that people lie when questioned about sensitive (explosive in this case) issues, like race. Thats not news.

  27. norms

    @Jeremy. In most people’s definition, lying is considered a negative trait, most of the time. Considering it “bad” or “good” is a value judgement. And I’m positing that the white people in this study were lying EVEN TO THEMSELVES, since they weren’t identified. In other words, they want people to think they’re not racist by saying they prefer whites (not that I think preferring to date your own race is racist).

    Case in point, look (above) at Chris’s (and implicitly a host of others) conclusion of the paper/press piece: “It is “Bad” that Whites prefer to date other Whites.” Clearly, the paper isn’t saying that.

    The lesson? Nonwhites need to stop playing the race card, but whites need to stop playing to it. If you’re white and racist, you should be proud about who you are. If you’re White and unsure about whether you’re racist or not, then you’ll be ultra-sensitive about studies like these.

  28. Dissident Agressor

    misengeniation is white genocide. period. Im a white nationalist . IM NOT HIDING that fact.. would the word be better if everyone was grey? I realize that this wasnt the point of this study…or was it? Im tired of hites having some retarded sense of guilt for wanting to stick to their kind.. The media pushes race mixing so hard there must be an agenda. Just one mans opinion.

  29. Sue from OC

    This is personal. What they do with their dating life has NOTHING to do with anyone else. It’s THEIR LIFE, the problem arrises when we cannot see past that and attempt to control or change their attitudes/views. If they find their race more appealing, who is to say? But the two people involved. It doesn’t hurt YOU or the ECONOMY, or society in general. People are just waayyy too sensitive and yes, people with INFLATED RACIAL EGOS are the problem, NOT interacial dating itself or the lack of it.

    Preferrably, I like my own race too just because of the birds of a feather thing…flocking together.

    It’s just the rejection itself as if people tend to take things wayyy too personal. It’s a dating thing. NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU really.

  30. Sue from OC

    and yes I am asian.

  31. Reality Check

    A “post-racial” society is Babylon! It is the Devil! A “post-racial” society is GENOCIDE of every group that drinks the proverbial Kool-Aid. What in the hell is wrong with these people? I hope to God that the “search continues” for one–the only better thing would be if it STOPPED and governments and institutions got a clue that we are all DIFFERENT and allowed to exist and prefer our families, our kindreds, and our people? This represents a NAZIFIED agenda to exterminate us White people. The TITLE of the piece is about EVIL WHITEY. WAKE UP!

  32. Reality Check

    @norms You can shut your mouth about White people just being defensive. We ARE targeted. There is NO OTHER RESEARCH targeting other groups, nor are there massive campaigns in favor of their genocide. I lost patience a long time ago with your LYING, DISSEMBLING kind. You are part of the problem, obviously.

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  34. sarah lopez

    ya its still involve our generation try to change this mentality but its in Online dating too…….

  35. Sean

    Im a white male and only date white females that only date whites. Simple as that. In my view they are more attractive and I have more in common with them than other cultures. For me its matter of opinion and nothing wrong with someone that is attracted to another race, just please dont bother me.

  36. maxsnafu

    Whites need a country of their own so that people like Asian Truth won’t have to live around racists like us.

  37. Sara

    I think we have to be careful and not mix concepts here. Yes, there is racism in the world and nobody can deny that. However, there is another thing that we call sexual preference.

    Just because some white people prefer dating other whites it doesn’t necessarily mean there is racism.

  38. nc

    once again white extinction is proposed as a solution to everything. most white people want to have white babies. this will not change. get over it.

  39. Sophia

    Alexa, if both blacks and whites stuck to ‘their own’ you would be right, it would be a non-issue. The point you appear to be missing is that the figures show a disparity which raises the question, why?

  40. Sophia

    These comments are nauseating! The focus is not on trying to make ‘Whites’ look bad. It is on ‘Blacks’ being more open to marrying outside of their ethnic group. That is why the author pontificates about the reasons why it occurs and does not question why ‘whites’ do not date blacks at the same rate. AND YOU PEOPLE SAY BLACKS ACT LIKE VICTIMS!

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