But. A new study of racism in OkCupid messaging finds a little bit of hope in a sea of largely same-race interactions. To examine how racial prejudice affects our romantic decisions, Kevin Lewis, a sociologist at the University of California at San Diego, analyzed messages sent by more than 126,000 OkCupid users over a two-and-a-half month period. He only included heterosexual interactions between users who self-identified with the site's five largest racial categories: Black, White, Asian (East Asian), Hispanic/Latino and Indian. He found that people from all racial backgrounds disproportionately contacted users from their same racial background. However people were more willing to reply to a user of a different race than they were to initiate contact. And right after they did so, for about a week, they were more likely to start a conversation with someone of another race.