Thursday, May 14, 2009

Immigrants seeking similar partners

This is an interesting article on where the dating industry should be heading. If you have a dating site, I think you should be focusing on matching partners from the same race.

Although interracial marriages overall have increased, the rate of Hispanics and Asians marrying partners of other races fell from 27% to 20% for Hispanics and 42% to 33% for Asians from 1990 to 2000, according to Ohio State University sociologist Zhenchao Qian, who co-authored a study on the subject. Increasingly, singles are turning to a growing number of niche dating sites on the Internet, such as, free online dating to find their potential partners.

I can attest to the study, knowing my own sister and my sister in law. Both of them immigrated in the early 1990's as kids. Now, all grown up, they have been seeking to connect with someone who shares their own roots. It is one thing when you share your parent's home and feel part of the immigrant culture, but completely different when you are outside and you feel more like an American. They feel divided and wonder if bringing an American to the family would make them feel comfortable. They even try to stay away from recent immigrants as they don't feel like they share common interests.

If you have a story you would like to share, please don't hesitate to comment on the post. Looking forward to your feedback.

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