By Marianne Mancusi Beach, Galtime.com
We all like to say we're open-minded and colorblind when it comes to race. But is that true in all aspect of our lives--even dating? If you were signing up for an online dating service, would you keep it open? Or click that little box to search for your own race only?
SpeedDate.com decided to put it to the test, analyzing 1.7 million dates through its website over the course of 18 months. What they found was interesting. While many singles are open to dating outside their own ethnicity, key demographic figures definitely play a role.
"Deep down, while society can be very objective in their dealings on an inter-personal and business level - thus blurring the race-line with respect to their day-to-day lives, individuals also have a deep-rooted bias for specific ethnicities; varying primarily on age and gender," says Dan Abelon, co-founder and president of SpeedDate.com.
For example, the study found as women get older, they are less likely to date outside their own race. Whereas men, on the other hand, become much more open to the idea as they age. By age sixty, 70 percent of women preferred meeting others exclusively within their ethnicity, compared to just 38 percent of men.
"Males are looking for a companion, and race seems to be an 'exotic factor' across many ethnic groups; indicating a preference for a different point of view in the relationship as they age," Abelon speculates. "Women, on the other hand, seem to prefer the 'comfort of what they know' with respect to races, as most tend to prefer their own race more as they age."
The study also looked at individual ethnic groups ranging from Latinos, East Indian, and African Americans among several others. They found minority groups were much more likely to date outside their own ethnicity than Caucasians. For example, only 12 percent of those with Pacific Island heritage dated exclusively in their own ethnicity, compared with 54 percent of Caucasians.
- In all categories, except for individuals of Asian decent, females were found to prefer their own ethnic group more than males.
- Asian males, at 62 percent, came in second as the least likely to date outside of their ethnic group behind Caucasian individuals as a whole.
So what can we take away from this study?
"Dating preferences, based on culture or color of skin, are considered a taboo subject yet we know it's no secret that many still consider these to be important factors when meeting others for the first time online," stated Simon Tisminesky, co-founder and CEO of SpeedDate.com. "What is encouraging is that our findings revealed that across the board, the younger generations were much more open to diversity and dating outside of their circle. We were happy to see this, because as this trend continues, it means online daters will have an even higher chance of meeting someone special based truly on chemistry."
We want to hear from you. Would you date outside your race?
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