If you're a black man or woman or Asian man, you're going to have a tougher time getting a date on OKCupid. Users of the popular dating site have a clear bias against certain races, according to a new blog post by OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder. Rudder looked at millions of OKCupid interactions between and , involving more than 25 million people, and charted out the racial and gender preferences he found. To do this, he studied how people rated potential dates in QuickMatch , a feature that shows you profiles one at a time and asks you to rate them on a scale of one to five or skip them. Asian men, black men and black women got the worst ratings, while Asian women and Latina women fared the best. It's not just people on OKCupid who feel this way.
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In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. I had always found myself in mostly white spaces — college, jobs, vacations — yet white men never took a deep interest in me before I moved to the East Coast. Eventually, I stopped swiping on non-Black men altogether. But in New York City, the progressive melting pot of America, white men and Asian and Latino men for that matter wanted to take me out for dinner and drinks, probed my interests, and complimented my photos in a respectable manner. Why was my experience on dating apps with non-Black men on the East Coast so different from my experience in the South? The Dating Divide , a non-fiction book that explores race and desire in the era of online romance, finally provided me with answers to this longstanding question. A white man saying he only wants to be with white women because he only likes light skin and light eyes is different from a Black woman who prefers men of color because she wants to avoid fetish-seeking matches and racist messages.
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By Asia Grace. February 19, am Updated February 21, am. The authors of a new book are arguing for race-blind dating apps — and the removal of filters for race and ethnicity. A study about dating preferences along racial lines on OKCupid came to a similar conclusion: Black women had a hard time matching on dating apps, as did black and Asian men.
Nikki Chapman remembers finding her now-husband through online dating website Plenty of Fish in Kay Chapman had sent her a message. I thought that was kind of cool — it was something that was near and dear to me from when I was a kid.