Had their own online dating
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.
Lewis is the first to admit that the study is small and has obvious limitations.
In fact, these people logged 115% more interracial exchanges in the two-and-a-half-month study period between them than OKCupid members of a similar background and region who had not been contacted by a person from another race.
And the groups who did the most in-race dating were the groups who showed most marked change.
As much as we like to think that America is a postracial society, Americans still prefer to date someone from their race.
Studies have shown that this preference is stronger than almost any other when it comes to finding mates, although it’s not entirely clear why.
White folks, both male and female, overwhelmingly made more contact with whites, which is hardly surprising since there are more white people on the site to choose from.