A new study of racism in Ok Cupid messaging finds a bit of hope in a sea of largely same-race interactions.
He found that people from all racial backgrounds disproportionately contacted users from their same racial background.
Lewis found similar patterns: "Most men (except black men) are unlikely to initiate contact with black women, all men (including Asian men) are unlikely to reply to Asian women, and although women from all racial backgrounds tend to initiate contact with men from the same background, women from all racial backgrounds also disproportionately reply to white men." Ok Cupid, like so many places, is good place to be a white dude.
Lewis suggests that one factor in online dating's racial segregation could be what he calls preemptive discrimination.
Listening to her experiences makes me want to set something on fire.
Christian has seen profiles declaring that they're interested in every race except black women, and someone once told her "her kind" wasn't "good enough to date." Another guy said he'd "always wanted to try a black girl" because rumor had it we're like "sexual toys." "I cried that night [after I got that message]," says Christian.
In another brilliant analysis of their mounds of data, Ok has delivered some fantastic insights into racism and attraction online.
Using this data from over 25,000,000 accounts they have been able to derive some very interesting data that indicates the preferences of different races when dating online.
*Before we jump in I would like to state that these are purely data backed findings.
More than once I have received a racially tinged introductory message that asked, "What are you? "But it's just a thing that happens because of the way the culture is set up—the way whiteness or blonde-ness, or whatever, is glorified in the media, for example, and entertainment—and they've absorbed it, consciously or otherwise."In my experience, some men save this kind of profiling until after the first date.
A certain thirtysomething Bumble user texted me: "We would prob make the most adorable east asian babies." Sure, I think he was trying to be complimentary, but I couldn't help but feel distilled down to a category.