In September of 2014, Christian Rudder, cofounder of the online dating website Ok Cupid, released research on race and attraction from 2009 to 2014 that was compiled through interactions on Ok Cupid.While the study found that interracial relationships are rising year by year, Ok Cupid’s research raises an interesting question: Are racial biases in dating and attraction actually decreasing, or have they gotten worse?The were between Blacks and Whites, nearly twenty times higher than in 1950.And more than 15% were “intermarriages” – marriages between people who don’t identify as the same racial or ethnic group, up from 6.7% in 1980.Americans on whether they believed it was acceptable for Blacks and Whites to date each other.
CCF public affairs intern Colleen Poulin and FSU sociologist Virginia Rutter consider what’s working and what remains challenging in interracial relationships. The study, “Differing shades of Colour: Online dating preferences of biracial individuals”, examined the profiles and racial preferences of 1,200 men and women on the US version of the dating site It found that while close to 90% of daters would date someone outside their own race and ethnicity (87%), an overwhelming majority of non-White daters said they’d prefer to date a White person (91%).Interracial dating has increased dramatically Colleen Poulin is a graduating psychology major with a minor in sociology at Framingham State University. She is a public affairs intern for this year with the Council on Contemporary Families. Virginia Rutter is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University. M., Bonilla-Silva, E., Ray, V., Buckelew, R., & Hordge-Freeman, E. Critical race theories, colorism, and the decade’s research on families of color.