Professor Mendelsohn, attributed this to the influence of cultural imperatives on all American men.“In this country, our notions of feminine attractiveness are based almost entirely on images of white women…She was probably very nice; but I cannot say for sure.
The researchers expected to find homophily, a social science term which means love of the same, in their analysis but they were surprised that the internet did not play a role in eroding reluctance to date outside ones own race.
When it comes to online dating, segregation appears to be alive and well.
After analyzing more than one million profiles on a mainstream dating website, researchers at the University of California Berkeley, concluded that whites are highly unlikely to initiate contact with black people.
“Segregation remains a state of mind as much as it is a physical reality.” The study indicates that more than 80 percent of the communication initiated by whites was to other whites. Black members of the same site were more open to dating whites and were ten times more likely to contact whites.
Black men were actually slightly more likely to initiate contact with white women than black women.