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While men sat at individual tables, women rotated from table to table in five to seven minute intervals, introducing themselves and chatting a little before moving on.
(Erin Gallagher, Daily Southtown) Dozens of Southtown seniors, who came of age in an era when asking someone out was a long and formal process, got together Thursday to participate in a new-age form of matchmaking: speed dating.
They found that 47% of the matches were interracial, far higher than the interracial-marriage rate.
Women were particularly likely to prefer men of their own race, while older people and people who were rated as more attractive were less likely to have same-race preferences.
Still, not everyone came into the event sold on the idea of finding a potential mate after talking for only a matter of minutes.
Looking at the behavior of 22,000 people who used a dating website in 2003, Hitsch and his colleagues also found that most people not only preferred their own race, but women exhibited stronger same-race preferences than men.
How and whether racial preferences are related to racial bias is tough.
Bruce, who asked that his last name not be published, said he was newly single and a bit apprehensive about attending."Don't ask me what I'm doing here because I don't know," he said.
"The next thing I know, I'm signing up for this, and I am not ready for it.