Racial preference online dating
And both black men and black women got the lowest response rates for their respective genders.Perhaps most surprising is that among men, all racial groups preferred another race over their own.Online dating sites like Ok Cupid and Tinder have given researchers a new window into how people conceptualize what they want (or don’t want) in a romantic partner.As it turns out, race is a huge factor when it comes to making romantic connections online, one that puts certain groups at persistent, structural disadvantages.Surprisingly, these effects emerged even for participants who had told us up front that they didn’t think having racial preferences in dating was “racist.” We then replicated the experiment and found the same results when the disclosure of racial preference was framed in a different way (i.e., “White guys only”).
Now such sentiments are relegated to shadowy Internet message boards and corners of right-wing talk radio.
When the answer is “yes,” the other user is notified and has the opportunity to respond. The graphic shows what percentage of people responded to a “yes,” based on the gender and ethnicity of both parties (the data are only for opposite-sex pairs of people).
Unsurprisingly, most “yes’s” go unanswered, but there are patterns: For example, Asian women responded to white men who “yessed” them 7.8% of the time, more often than they responded to any other race.
According to Christian Rudder, the Harvard-educated data whiz who founded Ok Cupid, that’s not actually how it works. In a 2009 post on the dating site’s Ok Trends dating research blog, Rudder noted that there’s very little variation in how people of different races match up with each other based on the site’s algorithm, which analyzes their interests and spits out a score showing their compatibility.
There is a tight correlation between how well two people match each other and how likely they are to message each other back and forth—the best sign the site’s operators have that a relationship is blossoming.
This distribution of compatibility across the astrological spectrum should probably both tell you about how little astrological signs actually matter and also serve as a useful control group for looking at how Ok Cupid users deal with race.