Effectively, researchers believe, this showed that interracial couples awaken a feeling of anger, fear, or disgust amongst a majority of people.
It pays to understand that the sample size of this study was only 19 people, so can't be considered widely representative.
But it does give some insight into the prejudice – whether spoken or concealed – that interracial couples conceptually face.
Relationships are not black and white, and neither are people.
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As if you have a sexualised obsession with their skin colour, or people from a part of the world they come from.
Why on Earth would you have to "have a thing" for a certain race in order to be in a relationship with somebody from that race?
As somebody who has been in several relationships with people of other races, I can't tell you enough how strange this is as a notion. Being subject to this kind of external preconception doesn't sit right. Even when it sounds positive and the person saying it thinks they're complimenting you.
When you're in an interracial relationship, you are colour-blind. There is a definite expectation by others – even strangers – that being in a mixed-race relationship should feel like a big deal to you. One of my brothers has been in an interracial marriage for five years.
Of course, you know the person you're with doesn't have the same skin colour or facial features as you. In the early days of their relationship over a decade ago, I remember even his friends joking that "he had a thing for brown girls".