The study found that race plays a big part in people's decisions about who they choose to contact and respond to online.It found that heterosexual men of all races respond to all women except for African-American, and that women of all races respond first to Caucasian men. He says "multi-ethnic coupling" will become increasingly more common as time goes by – it's an inevitable consequence of the proximity of so many races in the same place. JENNY BROCKIE: So is it purely physical or is it a mixture of a whole lot of things?
SOPHIE SONG: Well, the thing is basically his language level was very limited, which obviously caused a lot of problems, but he still could convey humour and still could convey his personality which I think is quite unusual amongst people with quite limited English because of that warm humour, because of the good personality, I did find Han very handsome, very attractive person. You're originally from Indonesia, who do you prefer to date and why? At first I didn't expect to date Caucasian men as well, I always think oh, I'm going to go out with Asian men for the rest of my life. YULIANA SUNARTO: Because I thought they look so different than me and I don't understand how their mindset works and then I started to work at this global bank and there's a lot of people from the UK and then at that time I just broke up with my ex-partner and then it's time for a change and I got a lot of attention from them.
He says race is just one element that people have on the list of things they're looking for in a prospective partner.
Jennifer Lundquist is a US-based sociologist who has studied racial preferences in online dating.
Ida Harding migrated to Australia from Ghana at the age of four.
Despite growing up and going to school with mostly white people, Ida has never dated someone from a different racial background.