“In this sense, racial boundaries function similarly to one-way turnstile gates,” Lin and Lundquist conclude.“While non-black daters, particularly white men, are well-received when they contact daters of other groups, black daters, particularly black women, are largely confined to a segregated dating market.” To find if any other characteristic was as influential as racial preference, the researchers also examined the way in which race interacted with educational levels of daters.Thoughdaters generally do not search outside their ethnicity, women are open to responding to inquiries from men of similar or more dominant racial status, and men are open to responding to inquiries from everyone but black women.
Their findings all hold true even after taking into account differing demographic, physical and personality characteristics among the daters.
“Simply stated, white women prefer white men overnon-white men, while white men prefer non-black women over black women,” they write in their paper, .
This tendency to privilege a man’s whiteness over his achieved status is even more pronounced among non-college educated women, who are even more likely to respond to white men’s messages regardless of their level of education.
“Importantly, we find that education does not mediate the observed racial preferences among white men and women,” the researchers write.
They found that regardless of their own educational level white women are still more likely to contact white men than any other group.