Racism on dating sites
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. How racist are Americans when it comes to selecting a mate? He only included heterosexual interactions between users who self-identified with the site's five largest racial categories: Black, White, Asian (East Asian), Hispanic/Latino and Indian.It’s a question that needs to be put to the test, and online dating sites are an excellent way to do that, in part because of the user profiles, where race is an issue.Mendelsohn’s study involved evaluating the user profiles on an (unnamed) online dating site, and looking at the ones that indicated some sort of racial preference.While straight people are clearly the heaviest users of such sites, given recent lawsuits against e Harmony, there is a desire on the part of some gays to participate in the sites.
Woven into these new technologies, however, are old patterns of race and racism.
I’d also be curious about how these patterns of race overlap and intersect with sexuality.
The research I’ve seen so far has looked almost exclusively at patterns among heterosexuals at online dating sites.
(Mendelsohn is right in framing this question, I think.
If we’re really as post-racial as many claim, then race shouldn’t be a factor in dating or mate selection.