While straight people are clearly the heaviest users of such sites, given recent lawsuits against e Harmony, there is a desire on the part of some gays to participate in the sites.And, contrary to the dating patterns of heterosexuals, LGBT folks are much more likely to be in interracial relationships (updated: e.g., see this discussion – noted by Brandon in comments – and this one), so online dating for this group may reflect these offline patterns as well.More than four of five whites contacted other whites, while just 3% reached out to blacks.The ratios stayed the same for young and older people, too — 80% chose not to contact others from outside their race. Another news report on the study quotes Mendelsohn again to address this question. Census data from 2000 shows that only one percent of American marriages take place between a black and white person. Clearly, there’s lots of room for future research in this area since the one study I was able to find about this isn’t even published yet.nurture), there is already a term in use for guys who prefer men to women -- a word as objectionable for many as being called "racist." And if there were a catchy term to describe blond-chasers, I would have coined it.
Blacks who said they were color-blind when it comes to Cupid were more likely to contact a white than to contact a black. On the other hand, dating outside of whiteness may present “more of a hassle for a white person in America” and that dating choice may be viewed “as a social downgrade.” According to Mendelsohn, for whites the calculation is simple: This study suggests a deep-seated white racial frame, that both privileges whiteness and marks black people as “less desirable” dating partners. This is something that enraged the avowed white supremacists I studied in , but there’s obviously more to be said about these sites.For some reason, he wanted to know if I was attracted to Asian men (my answer: when I found them attractive), and although some things would have been better left unsaid, he felt the need to tell me that he is not.My first instinct was to ask why he would live in a country where he wasn't attracted to the people, but I'd already met his longtime partner, so I figured that hooking up with the locals wasn't a priority.Once more, the research indicates that the Internet is changing our social world, in this instance how people meet potential dating partners.Woven into these new technologies, however, are old patterns of race and racism.