We all know that big, historical changes have occurred in the United States with regards to equal rights for people of all races. Racism, however, can be more insidious than some of us will recognize or admit. Seemingly harmless stereotypes and actions based on a person's race can add up to a big impact. One of the places this subtle but influential level of racism can be seen is in online dating.
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Research has found that the way in which people of different races fare in online dating is pretty predictable. Generally speaking, white men and women do well in web wooing, Asians and Hispanics do okay, and black men and women are the least likely to get responses. The belief that Asian men do poorly with white women was also upheld, but one particular racial trait could skyrocket their allure - being half-white.
This is nowhere near breaking down harmful racial barriers but research from the University of Texas and the University of Massachusetts has shown that people of mixed race are generally preferred over those who are just one. In the data covered by this research, Asian-white women received the most positive responses from both white and Asian men; even more so than mono-racial women of either of those races. Asian-white and Hispanic-white men also garnered mass appeal from the opposite sex. It should be noted, however, that a hierarchy of skin color continues to be evident, especially when it comes to blacks and whites.
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