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When it comes to online dating, segregation appears to be alive and well.
After analyzing more than one million profiles on a mainstream dating website, researchers at the University of California Berkeley, concluded that whites are highly unlikely to initiate contact with black people.
“When the constraints of segregation are lifted by technology, what do people do?
They don’t act all that differently,” said Gerald Mendelsohn, Ph D, one of the professors who worked on the study.
“Segregation remains a state of mind as much as it is a physical reality.” The study indicates that more than 80 percent of the communication initiated by whites was to other whites. Black members of the same site were more open to dating whites and were ten times more likely to contact whites.
Black men were actually slightly more likely to initiate contact with white women than black women.
Worthy-Davis, a political operative in New York City, says she signed up for in 2004, when she was in college.