I n the otherwise newfangled world of online dating, an old secret remains: All is not fair in love. This ugly truth was revealed in the book Dataclysm by OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder, released last year, which used data collected from OkCupid users. Regardless of gender, according to the book, whites are most preferred, while blacks are least preferred. Asians and Hispanics fall somewhere in between. Toss gender into the quotient, and the facts get even more uncomfortable: Asian men, black women, and black and Latino men are considered the least desirable in the dating market, but Asian and Latina women are seen as the most desirable—perhaps because of fetishization, Rudder suggested. A forthcoming study from the Council on Contemporary Families, to be published in August by the American Sociological Review , looks at this very question.
U.S. adult online dating usage 2019, by ethnicity
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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. The results here are pretty much the same as data taken from other dating sites.
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Gene Lim does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Long criticised as racist , the filter also helped to create a culture where users were emboldened to express their racism. Alongside other dating apps, Grindr has a reputation for sexual racism — the exclusion of potential partners based on race. Read more: Despite Indigenous deaths in custody since , no one has ever been convicted.
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