No, not really. But in John Tierney’s continued analysis of dating behavior, he cites some interesting studies that suggest that women are far less open to dating men of other races than vice versa.
African-American women said yes about 30 percent less often to Hispanic men; about 45 percent less often to white men; about 65 percent less often to Asian men.
Black women were the most averse to interracial dating, Asian women were the most open to it, and Asian men didn’t fare all that well.
I’m not going to hypothesize why – after all, I’m a dating coach, not a social scientist – but this very much corresponds with what I’ve heard from clients.
White women said yes about 30 percent less often to black or Hispanic men, and about 65 percent less often to Asian men.
With one exception. I’m a bit surprised at men’s openness to interracial dating. While I’ve personally dated women across the racial spectrum, I’ve only had a handful of clients who ever expressed preferences for women of other races. Then again, the demographics of my clients are probably a bit skewed towards upper-middle class white people.
Any readers with interracial dating experience care to weigh in?
Hispanic women said yes about 20 percent less often to black or white men, and 50 percent less often to Asian men.
Money quote:The researchers found that most women speed daters said yes (meaning they’d like to see a man again after the four-minute speed date) less often to men of another race than they did to men of their own race. Here’s how much less interested they were in the other races, as compared with their enthusiasm for men of their own race:
Asian women didn’t discriminate much by race (except for showing a very slight preference for Asian men over black or Hispanic men).
But wait, there’s some “good news” from those same researchers.
A few days later, after looking at 300 reader comments, researchers sent some surprising news back.
Daters who discriminate by race… also temper these biases once they get to know one another.
“The researchers realize that their results can be depressing, but they also agree with the many readers who caution against reading too much into the preferences of online daters and speed daters. 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.
What’s your view? To quote one researcher, Paul W. Eastwick, “do those stated ‘turn-offs’ come back to haunt you later in the relationship, or are they permanently forgotten?”