Lewis couldn’t tell how extensive the contacts were — whether these people had just exchanged pleasantries or had actually gone on dates or made it to the aisle. (MORE: Why We Don’t Trust Online-Dating Sites — but Use Them Anyway) Reaching out to someone of a different ethnic background may be awkward because online users engage in what Lewis calls “pre-emptive discrimination.” That is, they expect — based on the way race has shaped their lives so far — rejection, or at the very least, to have little in common with someone who doesn’t share their heritage.This would explain why white people, who are likely to have experienced the least racial discrimination, feel most comfortable about crossing the ethnic line.But it does seem to provide something that’s been lacking from the world of online-dating trends — some hopeful news that biases may be breaking down and discrimination may be getting weaker as people text their way to love.It also may prove that Asian women may have already figured out what the folks in Lewis’ study are just finding out — that there’s no harm in reaching out to someone who doesn’t look or think like you. Aker er navnet som har mest støtte blant ansatte, og som samtidig vekker liten motstand blant de som ikke støtter det.Konklusjonen er derfor at dette navnet er mindre splittende enn noen av de andre.
Studentene har i stedet Profesjonsuniversitetet i Oslo og Akershus øverst.
(MORE: Love Isn’t Color-Blind: White Online Daters Spurn Blacks) The preferences weren’t immutable, however.
Lewis found that once people had been approached by somebody from a different race, or had gotten a response from one, they were more likely to initiate contact or respond to someone from that race in future interactions.
Interestingly, though, getting a message from a black guy didn’t mean that women would look at all other races. Again Asian women were among the outliers; once contacted by someone from another race, their interracial exchanges went up 238%.
For Asian men it was 222%, and for black women it was more than 100%.But, says Lewis, his data suggests that if someone — more likely a man, according to the data — makes the first move, and overcomes his fear of rejection, online daters realize the pool of potential partners may be wider and richer than they had previously imagined, and they tend to initiate more interracial contacts and to respond to ones that come their way more often.