Columbia study racial preferences dating
Although many studies about dating preferences are conducted every year, often with a myriad of findings, it does make me wonder about dating preferences in Vancouver, and what a similar study conducted locally would reveal.
The city itself has been deemed by Statistics Canada as having the highest number of cross-cultural couples of any Canadian city, while British Columbia as a whole was found to have the highest proportion of interracial couples in Canada.
With interracial relationships becoming quite normative in Vancouver, there is a curious question of how this manifests into new or changing ideas and opinions on interracial dating within the city.
One social science finding which I’ve wondered about over the past few years is the result that women care much more about the race of a potential mate than men do.
Ethnicity is something you’re born into, and socioeconomic index is a metric which derives from the milieu in which you were raised.
A clever new video by Buzz Feed Yellow, focusing on racial preferences and dating, was recently released online.
The fact that individuals tend to want to mate assortatively with those who share their characteristics is no surprise.Rather, what does surprise are a series of papers that show a very strong asymmetry in strength of preference between males and females.I was intrigued by the video’s compilation of facts and statistics, which present information on varying inclinations from race to race.The video also explains which races are most responded to on dating sites, and by whom. was colour-blind to race, 44% of individuals would be in interracial marriages—but the current figure is only 4%.Although the scope of the articles referenced in the video seems quite comprehensive, one study that was not mentioned (which I believe encompasses recent phenomena related to racial preferences and dating very well) is Racial Preferences In Dating, conducted at Columbia University. Speed dating events for students were used to uncover whose preferences were driving this discrepancy, and the trials revealed, overwhelmingly, that women have a much stronger preference to same-race dating than men.
This finding was thought-provoking for me; first, because I have never considered the notion that men and women have different levels of willingness in dating outside of their race, and secondly, because through interactions with friends and acquaintances, I have never noticed men being more “racially adventurous” when it comes to dating preferences or attitudes.