Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed the racial preferences and online activity of people from the United States who subscribed between 20 to a major Internet dating service.
In their profiles, the online daters stated if they had a racial preference.
Online daters are more likely to be employed than non-daters, but they are not necessarily garnering huge salaries.
Those earning lower incomes are slightly more likely to be online daters.
At least that’s what teens said in a recent story about online romance in the student newspaper at my daughters’ suburban Maryland high school.
According to that story, “students initiate relationships online to meet new people, avoid stressful in-person meetings and hide their dating lives from their parents.” That’s certainly the case for some kids, according to my 17-year-old.
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Overall, he said, “Whites more than blacks, women more than men and old more than young participants stated a preference for a partner of the same race,” The reluctance of whites to contact blacks was true even for those who claimed they were indifferent to race. An estimated one in five Americans has used an online dating service such as e Harmony or Match.com, and a growing number of urbanites are finding romance via Facebook and other social networking sites.
More than 80 percent of the whites contacted whites and fewer than 5 percent of them contacted blacks, a disparity that held for young as well as for older participants. The percentage of couples who have met online is now nearly equal to that of pairs who met through friends or family, according to the researchers. Census data shows that black-white couples represent just 1 percent of American marriages, he said.