Race and dating statistics
A speed-dating event was organized at Columbia University to examine the behavioral patterns of participants.
The event, which corralled graduate students of all backgrounds, provided each pairing with four minutes to strike up a conversation.
Those who identified as politically conservative were more candid in their same-race preference than liberals or moderates.
Yet all ideological factions, in actual practice, demonstrated a similar proclivity for partners of the same race.
Grindr has come under scrutiny for the partisan practices of its users: Expedient shorthands like “no rice” and “no curry” are used to discourage Asians from communicating their interest.
On Ok Cupid, black and Indian males had the lowest response rates of any ethnic group.
The anonymity of online dating allows us to discriminate freely without the guilt associated with point-blank rejection.
And if the studies are to be trusted, Asian men face the steepest climb.
I hadn’t been on Tinder for long before I realized something was wrong: Hardly anyone was reciprocating my interest. None of my close friends, many of whom relied exclusively on the dating app to meet singles, seemed to be encountering this problem. Was there a grammatical error in my personal statement? What they found was that users placed a premium on members of their own race.Among women, black and Native American women yielded the lowest response rates, but only by a slight margin.This multilateral web of discrimination is one reason for the balkanization of dating into factional—or “niche”—services. In 2009, Ok Trends, the research arm of the dating website Ok Cupid, parsed user data to determine racial preferences in online dating. My dalliance with Tinder lasted for four weeks before I boarded up the account and returned to the world of low-tech, meat-and-potatoes courtship.
This was especially true of white users and women users.