Racial Preferences in Dating Raymond Fisman, Sheena S.Iyengar, Emir Kamenica, & Itamar Simonson First Draft: August 15, 2004 This Draft: June 28, 2006 Abstract We examine racial preferences in dating using data from a Speed Dating experiment.It is the discrimination between potential sexual or romantic partners on the basis of perceived racial identity.However, not everyone agrees that this should be classified as racism, some argue that distinguishing among partners on the basis of perceived race is not racism at all but a justifiable personal preference.
The video also explains which races are most responded to on dating sites, and by whom. was colour-blind to race, 44% of individuals would be in interracial marriages—but the current figure is only 4%.
The exclusion of races dissimilar to one's own is a main feature of sexual racism, however a reluctance to date inter-racially predominantly spans from the discriminatory views often possessed by those in society, as opposed to purely a same-race individual preference.
Moreover, this racial discrimination also deviates into the form of the sexual dehumanisation of individuals of other racial identities.
It's unclear why racial preferences in dating exist, and why their intensity varies by gender: Just as the females of many species are often the choosier ones, might there be evolutionary reasons behind why women are pickier about the race of their potential mates? When the researchers compared equally picky men and women, who in equal proportion requested follow-up dates with the people they met speed dating, "even here, we find women are much more sensitive to race than men." Another study, by Günter J.
Hitsch, professor of marketing at Chicago Booth, along with the University of Chicago's Ali Hortaçsu and Duke University's Dan Ariely, found similar racial preferences in online dating.