You can accept or reject potential partners, and that information is used to determine your preferences for a mate without relying on surveys.The results of a recent trial, and in fact all studies I have seen on this topic, suggest that men and women have a distinctly different set of racial preferences.
For example, socio-geographic segregation between the races might explain dating segregation if people date others who are like them in terms of income, education—or simply people who live in the same geographic area.
Dating trials tell us that if we removed these barriers to interracial relationships, same-race preferences in dating would ensure that interracial marriage would continue to be rare.
The question is: What the source of these preferences?
Actions speak louder than words, so speed dating trials are more informative than simply asking people who they would, and would not, be interested in dating.
For example, an online dating Web site filter might ask the question “Which of the following races would be willing to communicate with?
” We find that answers to that question are often not consistent with choices made after the fact (i.e.people say they want to communicate with many other races but then only communicate with their own race).Creative people need to find alternative ways to observe those choices in action, making speed dating the perfect tool. You have a chance to meet someone of the opposite sex for a total of four minutes to determine if they are someone you wish to meet again.It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, where I live, and for a change of pace I drove up Prince Edward Island to see the musical "Hairspray" at the Charlottetown Festival.As you may already know, Hairspray is set in 1962 and takes a rather cheerful look at segregation in the world of entertainment.At the end of the play, we are left with the sense that a new era of integration has begun—the birth of which is personified in the relationship blossoming between two of the main characters, a white woman and a black man.