The social demography of internet dating
Latinos who appear White are most likely to exclude Blacks and include Whites as possible dates while the opposite is true for those classified as Black.Latinos perceived Latino fall somewhere in between those with a White versus Black racial phenotype in their acceptance of Blacks and Whites.Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, San Francisco, CA, May Current Population Survey, October 2003: School Enrollment and Computer Use Supplement. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-06.You can do almost anything online these days: Check a bank balance, buy shoes, choose a mattress, order a cab.
Using a sample of over 6000 profiles collected from an internet dating website, this study finds that considering others’ classifications of race in addition to self-identifications changes our understanding of Latinos’ acceptance of other racial/ethnic groups as dates.
These findings suggest that neither external classifications nor self-identifications of race alone can adequately assess the assimilation prospects of self-identified Latinos: those perceived as White may be assuming the position of Whites in the racial hierarchy, those perceived as Black may be assimilating into the bottom of the racial hierarchy along with African Americans, while those perceived as Latino may be maintaining an in-between status.
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“Sometimes whatever chemistry we had just fizzles out.”Perhaps being in the market for a mate can’t be compared with using other services. D., a professor at the Harvard Business School who studies consumer behavior, thinks so.
Online dating is different from shopping for, say, a sweater, he explains: “Once you decide on the sweater you want, you can get it.