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October 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm
greg says:
To be fair with regard to the last chart, I don?t know if it is necessarily racist for a white person to say that they would prefer to date a white person. It?s definitely somewhat bigoted in it?s dependency upon stereotypes though. A lot of dating and who a person would consider for relationships is based on social, cultural and economic considerations, and it?s a simple and unfortunate fact that generally speaking whites are at the higher end of the social and economic spectrums. Most people aren?t going to prefer dating someone that they believe is from a social/economic/cultural background that is less well-thought of than their own. It would be interesting if you could parse the data based on level of education, reported income, and geographic location and see if the results varied based on those variables.

October 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm
Jono says:
I wouldn?t call that racism. They?re preferences; they?re self-selective; they?re private (where?s a match question about how likely you are to TELL someone the answer to a racial question, versus keeping it a secret?); they?re meant to improve your odds at meeting someone you want to date, which is far more personal than most interhuman interactions.

The hope is that you can tell your deepest, darkest, preferences to an algorithm to generate a likely match; you don?t need to prove to okc that you are morally above physical attractiveness and race as far as relationships are concerned, and I don?t think anyone looking for these people would argue that.

October 5, 2009 at 5:45 pm
Thane says:
Interesting. A few points though.