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The Speed Dating Race Card

When you go out looking for someone to chat up at a bar, does race matter to you? Are you more likely to approach someone of the same race or does the race not matter at all? If you're anything like the respondents of a recent dating survey discussed by the New York Times' TierneyLab, race does matter but how much it matters is basically a question of what gender you happen to be. The study found that, on average, single men were more willing to date outside of their race than their counterpart.

One of the two main studies used as evidence to support that claim entailed a speed dating exercise amongst graduate students that chose to participate. The exercise found that women were much more resistant to giving a yes to a man outside their race and black women were especially so.

One hypothesis might be that in a speed dating setting, men are more looking for a short term relationship and women are more interested in the long term complications of a culture clash. However, older participants, those presumably more attune to a long term relationship opportunity, of both genders showed a greater willingness to meet outside of their race.

The part of the dating study that I think is the most interesting is that when asked to rate the attractiveness of a particular male, female responses generally fell into an accepted range for a particular man, no matter what race that man might be. However, when women rated two men of equal attractiveness, the one that was the same race of the women saw a greater frequency of yes responses. What does this mean for the dating habits of men and women? Why are men so willing to date outside the race and women a bit more reluctant to do so?

Posted by eDatingCentral.com Apr 26, 2007 6:22 am


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