Study finds interracial daters in college are more desirable and more attractive

1cd9caa55f63ef960af9b4a730c55896--cheer-football-couple-cheer-couples“Across the three studies, interracial daters exhibited more desirable attributes than intraracial daters, most consistently in the realm of physical attractiveness.”

An initial survey of 245 undergraduate students found interracial daters rated themselves more positively and thought their partners viewed them more positively. Compared to intraracial daters, interracial daters perceived that their partners saw them as more attractive, intelligent, affectionate, and trustworthy, the researchers found.

But the researchers observed that “a partner’s actual ratings would serve as a better approximation of an individual’s desirability than perceived partner ratings.” In a second survey, 100 couples who had been together at least three months rated each other’s attributes. Interracial daters were again rated more positively by their partners compared to intraracial daters.

In a third experiment, the researchers photographed 101 interracial and intraracial couples. Ten research assistants then viewed the faces of individual participants and rated their level of attractiveness. Interracial daters tended to be rated as more physically attractive than intraracial daters.

The researchers said their findings dispel historical stereotypes that portray interracial partners as undesirable.

“Interracial daters in our study were rated as possessing higher levels of desirable attributes and were aware of being rated highly by their partners,” Wu and her colleagues said. “This indicates that, at least in a diverse college sample, interracial relationships are unlikely to be motivated by a lack of dating opportunities within one’s own ethnic group.” SOURCE

On the outset these couples portray for some a step forward toward a healthy unity, rather then consistent conflict over race. Jesus is pleased when we can dwell in unity under Him.

 

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