And the actual content of the messages wasn't included in the data, so there's no guarantee the reply wasn't "LOOLOL IN UR DREAMS." But online dating provides a new vantage point from which to examine interracial dating preferences, since the dating pool is virtually unlimited.With traditional dating networks, scholars have found it hard to qualify how much of self-segregation in the dating pool has to do with internal prejudice, versus structural issues in an already-segregated society.Long, detailed answer: A racial preference is a racial preference.Let me put it this way, is it morally okay to "prefer" an only hire people of a certain ethnicity?These kinds of things aren't as rare as one would hope (or maybe as I'd hope).Then there is the use of terms that refer to those who break the traditional mold/go outside whatever accepted norm there is and are labelled as having "something-fever." Or those who say they "don't understand" how one would date within and not with some-specific-other group. This kind of thing is used (and I'm sorry if this seems a tangent, it was meant as an exploration of how biases work) to shun others into behaving a certain way.
Lewis suggests that one factor in online dating's racial segregation could be what he calls preemptive discrimination.
You dress like a street walker, and you sulk when we take you to church.
You have no respect for morals, and have abandoned any sense of righteousness.
Just because you don't wear a hood it doesn't mean your internalized, and often rationalized, racial issues are acceptable.
If that doesn't sound right, try looking at the flip side of such a sustem which is the systematic shunning of those who are "unlike" and "outside" your chosen group.