The students were shown a series of faces of black and white people and then were immediately asked to categorize words as either positive or negative as quickly as possible after looking at a face.
The researchers found that people were significantly faster at sorting unpleasant words after being shown a black face and, conversely, faster at sorting pleasant words after looking at a white face.
Fast-forward five years, and Rudder looked at the same question again using fresh data. A study of a large online dating site conducted by researchers at Stanford and Harvard in 2009 found that people on the right side of the political spectrum were far more likely than liberals to explicitly state that they were exclusively seeking partners of the same race, but both parties ended up displaying similar preferences.“Both men and women of all political persuasions act as if they prefer same-race relationships even when they claim not to,” the researchers wrote.Based on random matching alone, the expected proportion of interracial relationships in the United States should be as high as 44 percent.This disparity indicates there’s still a considerable disconnect between what people think is “acceptable” when it comes to dating versus what they actually do themselves. On one hand, it may be that people tend to pick mates from their real-life social groups—people with whom they live, work, socialize, and go to school—and in the U. The other option, of course, is that most people, when given the choice, still prefer to be in relationships with someone who looks a lot like them, regardless of what they may tell a pollster.And yet, while the actual number of interracial relationships in the United States is certainly climbing, the overwhelming majority of Americans are in relationships with another person of their same race.
In 2010, only about 15 percent of new marriages were interracial—bringing the total number up to 8.4 percent from 3.2 percent in 1980.
But then she also asked them a number of questions about their judgments of each person based on appearance of the people in the images.
Petersen didn’t just want to see that someone said yes or no; she also wanted to know why.
We’re in the midst of a cultural sea change to one of the most central institutions in the life of the nation.
American attitudes on interracial relationships have taken an enormous step forward in the last two decades.
The major takeaway, judging from the numbers, is that almost all groups should be about equally compatible with each other.