Dating people of different races

Hispanic men and women are about as likely to marry outside their ethnic group, and they tend to marry non-Hispanic whites more than other groups.

A recent study of profiles submitted to the online dating website showed, for example, that whites are more open to dating Hispanics and Asians than blacks are.

And younger clients are more willing to date outside their race than older clients. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that one in seven new marriages in 2008 was either interracial or between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic—unions encompassed by the term "intermarriages." This is double the percentage of intermarriages in 1980, but still relatively low.

About 44 percent of the population under age 18 in 2009 was Hispanic, black, Asian, or another non-white group, compared with about 35 percent of the total U. The Pew survey reported that one-third of respondents said they had a family member married to someone of another race or ethnic group.

This percentage will only increase for Americans of all races and ethnic groups—especially as the children of these marriages grow up—further expanding the definition of "acceptable" dates and spouses, and likely accelerating the trend toward intermarriage.

One prime reason is that the population is becoming increasingly diverse—culturally, ethnically, and racially.

Americans reaching marriage age over the next two decades are probably the most racially diverse generation ever, and it will be surprising if they do not intermarry more often than previous generations. In addition, more Americans have personal experience with intermarriages involving their families, friends, and work colleagues, which lends a normalcy to these unions.More than one-fifth of black men intermarried in 2008, while just 9 percent of black women did.There has been much speculation about why these gender preferences exist—reasons that delve into racial stereotypes and politics.Most common were marriages between a white and a Hispanic (41 percent), followed by marriage between a white and an Asian American (15 percent).Figure 2 White Men and Women Who "Married Out" in 2008 by Race/Ethnicity of Spouse Note: "Other" includes American Indians, people identifying with more than one race, and "some other race." Source: Paul Taylor et al., These 2008 marriages follow similar patterns by sex as interracial marriages of previous decades.S.-born, and continued immigration has boosted the foreign-born share of Asians.

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