With our changing cultural landscape and a modern demography with such a rich blend of race and religion, dating outside your race is no longer uncommon.However, many of the challenges interracial couples might face can actually come from within the relationship, rather than from a judgmental society. Singles looking to mingle are increasingly crossing cultures to find their perfect partners. You may be from one culture and your potential honey is from another. (Think swirled ice cream on a cone.) Mixed ethnicity families are on the rise in the UK (source: BBC), and according to The Guardian, nearly 1 in 10 people in England and Wales are in inter-ethnic relationships.Entering the relationship aware and respectful of these differences will give you a surer footing for a successful partnership.You might even find that the mutual curiosity you have in each other’s racial differences brings an interesting dynamic to the relationship and could make you both more aware, not just of each other, but of your own identity too.Open your mind and your heart to the possibilities for love. Neither of you should see the other as a chief ambassador or racial educator for your group.
According to a study by Interracial Match.com, nearly 83% of women fantasize about being in an interracial relationship and over 60% of them have exotic fantasies about being with a man of the opposite race. In light of these stats, and the fact that online dating is now part of our society, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are many interracial dating sites which specifically match people of different races.
While we still have some way to go, compared to other nations, Ireland is showing the early signs of growth in interracial dating and relationships.
Of course, mixed race couples should be just another unremarkable type of romantic partnership, but for a country which only very recently introduced same-sex marriage into law, we are still waking up to the diversity of our population and their wants and needs.
Dating can be awkward enough already when dating people from your culture so you can definitely expect awkward moments when bridging ethnicities.
Take it all in stride and focus on seeing whether your values align, and you feel compatible and positive when you’re together.