When it comes to dating, do you have a type?
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/ ... er/8269564
Seriously, most of us have a preference (or two, or three), but have you ever stopped to think why you're attracted to certain people and not others?
And whether underlying that attraction, or lack thereof, lurks some kind of prejudice?
What is your experience of race and dating?
US dating website OK Cupid crunched the data from some 25 million accounts from 2009 to 2014 on people's racial preferences. It found:
Women preferred men of their own race;
But they were more likely to discount Asian and black men;
All men, except latinos, preferenced Asian women over their own race;
Non-black men were more likely to discount black women.
According to Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid, the pattern has stayed pretty stable through the boom in online dating, from 2009 to 2014.
"OkCupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be. If anything, racial bias has intensified a bit," he wrote in his blog.
Christian said all the dating data he'd seen fits the same pattern:
Black people and Asian men get short shrift."
In Australia, dating site RSVP does an annual study to gauge attitudes to dating.
In 2016, they surveyed nearly 4,000 Australians. It showed while four out of five people said they would date outside our own race, only half actually had.
But don't I just like who I like?
Well....It's a bit more complex than that, according to Denton Callandar from the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.
"Racial bias feeds into every single aspect of our social lives," he said.
"So it's not surprising that we would find the same types of racial inequality that we see in society broadly, in people's sexual and romantic lives as well."
"No one likes to be called a racist but the reality is that we are living in a world that has been, for centuries, one based on systems of racial inequality - so it's the legacy of those systems that we're seeing play out today and exist in our private lives".
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