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They are trained in knowing behaviors that are linked to romantic attraction, such as smiling, nodding and laughing.

And some of what science has to tell us is at odds with our intuitions about love and attraction. As the old saying goes, birds of a feather flock together.

“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.

Even when their profiles indicate that they are indifferent about the race or ethnicity of a potential romantic interest.

The researchers expected to find homophily, a social science term which means love of the same, in their analysis but they were surprised that the internet did not play a role in eroding reluctance to date outside ones own race.


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