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Men and those who attended racially or ethnically integrated schools were significantly more likely to interdate.
Yancey says that whites might interdate less because they are a numerical majority within American society.
While Yancey studied interdating habits among adults, the future of interdating can perhaps best be understood by studying the activities and attitudes of teenagers. A 1997 Gallup national survey of people ages 13 to 19—found that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of black, Hispanic, or Asian teens who had ever dated and who attended schools with students of more than one race said they had dated someone who was white.Yancey collected a sample of 2,561 adults age 18 and older from the Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Friendships, a telephone survey of English- and Spanish-speaking adults conducted from October 1999 to April 2000.He found that 35.7 percent of white Americans had interdated, along with 56.5 percent of African Americans, 55.4 percent of Hispanic Americans, and 57.1 percent of Asian Americans.Moreover, the palpable differences between two people can be a positive force: Research from 1997 from the University of California, Irvine, found that college students in interracial relationships rated their partners more highly for attractiveness and intelligence than their peers in same-race relationships, showing a high level of regard for one another.It doesn't mean interracial partners make inherently superior significant others.
But it does point to an optimistic truth: Difference in a relationship can go along with a healthy level of understanding, respect and affection between two people. Census Bureau allowed Americans to check more than one race on their forms, 6.8 million did so. By 2050, it's predicted that Interracial marriage can't on its own end racism, nor should couples who marry outside their race shoulder that responsibility on their own.