Racial preference in online dating

Fast-forward five years, and Rudder looked at the same question again using fresh data. A study of a large online dating site conducted by researchers at Stanford and Harvard in 2009 found that people on the right side of the political spectrum were far more likely than liberals to explicitly state that they were exclusively seeking partners of the same race, but both parties ended up displaying similar preferences.

Whether liberal or conservative, the biases were present among pretty much everyone. It worked at a speed faster than that of rational thought—on a level that people weren’t even conscious of.

“If you take an IAT, you may notice a familiar feeling,” recounted writer Zach Stafford in a recent opinion piece in the Daily Dot.

We’re in the midst of a cultural sea change to one of the most central institutions in the life of the nation.

American attitudes on interracial relationships have taken an enormous step forward in the last two decades.

And yet, while the actual number of interracial relationships in the United States is certainly climbing, the overwhelming majority of Americans are in relationships with another person of their same race.

In 2010, only about 15 percent of new marriages were interracial—bringing the total number up to 8.4 percent from 3.2 percent in 1980.

The students were shown a series of faces of black and white people and then were immediately asked to categorize words as either positive or negative as quickly as possible after looking at a face.

The researchers found that people were significantly faster at sorting unpleasant words after being shown a black face and, conversely, faster at sorting pleasant words after looking at a white face.

Using the signs of the Zodiac as an example, Rudder found that every single Zodiac sign matches every other Zodiac sign at exactly the same 60 percent compatibility rate—save for a one point drop for inter-Aquarius pairings.

The rate at which members of each Zodiac group respond to messages from other Zodiac signs is basically identical for every possible match.

Online dating sites like Ok Cupid and Tinder have given researchers a new window into how people conceptualize what they want (or don’t want) in a romantic partner.

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