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People prefer like people.

June 22, 2011

Is that really a surprise?

 

People prefer to spend time with people who are similar to themselves.  This can be observed in children and is obvious among adults.

 

The amusing thing is that the headline of the linked article and the researchers themselves desperately try to emphasize that children adjusted their play when they were in “cross-ethnic” pairs.  Isn’t that just more evidence that children are most comfortable in same-ethnic pairings?  They try to draw a cross-ethnic child into their play sometimes but ultimately many will just play alone rather than fight the differences.

 

Why are people still surprised by this?

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