Where you might once have gone to a pub and found a spark with someone unexpected, you're now more likely to be picking partners from a checklist underpinned by hidden prejudices and delusions.There was a startling experiment in which the subjects, a mixed group of all backgrounds were kitted out with glasses to track their eyeball movements and then thrust into a roomful of similarly mixed, attractive people.Regardless of their own origins, or preferences, they looked overwhelmingly more at the white people in the room.Another demo paraded sparsely clad models and asked them to give scores.It was dead simple in concept -- a young woman was asked to select one of three bachelors for a date that was arranged and paid for by the show.
He was primarily a radio guy, but my memories of Lange will always be of his most famous on-air presence: hosting the popular network TV show aired five days a week from 1965 through the 1970s in its original incarnation.Men married women of the same ethnic make-up as their mothers, women married men in the ethnic image of their fathers. They homed in very swiftly on the ways in which modern partner-hunting was actually limiting people's choices and corralling them into strict, ethnic boxes. The latter idea might seem ridiculous but IS LOVE RACIST?This Pacific archipelago has long been one of the world's great melting-pot societies, where people of Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and other European heritages intermingle and where more than a quarter of people identify as being of mixed ethnicity. THE DATING GAME (C4) made free use of what is, today, a pretty hefty accusation throughout its look at modern matchmaking.In spite of that, the study suggested, people's choices at the altar followed straightforward lines. This was no lightweight affair, social historian Emma Dabiri joining forces with social scientist Dr Keon West to try out a variety of tests on a panel of 10 singletons and compare them with a new, extensive survey of 5,000.There were already four bodies to his name when he popped up on national TV, smiling with perfect hair.