Race, socioeconomics and love online…yes! Most of us support interracial relationships… and the number of supporters keeps rising. So why is it that when it comes to online dating, fewer people are choosing mates who are outside their race? Why are online daters hesitant to date interracially despite studies showing growing support and growth in interracial relationships?Originally posted as “What drives online dating preference? Race or class?” by Sidney in “Fyooz” at interracialdatingcentral.com
Fewer people choosing mates who are outside their race
Well, according to researchers, people seem to be drawn to people with whom they can share similar cultural values and experiences. However, Christian Rudder, founder of OkCupid begs to differ; calling the idea a myth. He believes members of any dating site are in fact equally compatible with people outside their race as they are with those within their races. That said, the disparity comes when members actually choose who they message or respond to. Rudder thinks, apparently, people seem to have “inaccurate beliefs about their own preferences.” As always, black members, both male and female got considerably fewer responses than their white counterparts.
Another online dating research suggested that people associate race with class; that race is used as a marker. Therefore class is what’s really driving online behavior where racial preference of the mate is concerned. Results of the study however showed that once a member gave a member of a different race a chance, they became more open to dating more members from that particular race.
“After that first interracial contact, a person would, on average, increase their interactions with people of that race by 115 percent,” The Kernel reported about findings of a 2013 study from University of California. This, according to researchers shows that online daters fear interracial interactions. And as per researchers’ prediction, the trend will remain as is; with online daters leaning more toward people of their same racial and ethnic background when making the choice about who they really want to interact with.