AFRICANGLOBE – A 2011 study on online dating, conducted by the University of California Berkeley, has resurfaced with some interesting claims. Several news outlets are claiming this study proves that Black men are more likely to date White women – and not Black women. But is it really true?
Black men swore it was a myth. Black women swore it was the truth, but research now gives us the facts both sides have been waiting for. A recent online dating study conducted by researchers at the University of California Berkeley proves that African-American men really are more likely to date White women.
In an attempt to explain the reason for this phenomenon, Professor Mendelsohn states, “In this country, our notions of feminine attractiveness are based almost entirely on images of White women… the hypothesis that some people have argued is that there is no surprise that Black men should contact White women, because that’s where we get our notions of who’s pretty.”
That is not the end of the startling facts, however. African-American women’s worst fears continue to be confirmed. The Berkeley study also shows that African-American women are the group least likely to be contacted by men of any race. The study showed that if Black women did not initiate contact or express romantic interest, they not only failed to be approached by men outside of their culture, they also failed to be approached by men of their own race.
But is this true? Is this what the study really showed? Not according to many skeptics.
Here’s what the 2011 Berkeley study actually showed:
New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that when it comes to dating, cyberspace is as segregated as the real world. Data gathered from more than 1 million profiles of singles looking for love online show that Whites overwhelmingly prefer to date members of their own race, while Blacks, especially men, are far more likely to cross the race barrier in hopes of being struck by Cupid’s arrow.
UC Berkeley researchers analyzed the racial preferences and online activity of people from the United States who subscribed between 2009 and 2010 to a major Internet dating service. In their profiles, the online daters stated a racial preference. Some said they preferred to date only within their race, others preferred someone outside their race, and yet others said they were open to dating someone of any race.
Researchers were then able to compare the online daters’ stated preferences with whom they actually contacted for a date, and they found profound differences between Blacks and Whites.