Okcupid dating racial
Some limitations of this study: It only looked at a subset of heterosexual interactions on one dating site, whose users, co-founder Christian Rudder wrote on Ok Trends, "are better-educated, younger, and far more progressive than the norm." (A 2010 Pew report found Millennials were far more likely than other age groups to accept interracial marriage.) So the findings may not apply to all dating demographics.And the actual content of the messages wasn't included in the data, so there's no guarantee the reply wasn't "LOOLOL IN UR DREAMS." But online dating provides a new vantage point from which to examine interracial dating preferences, since the dating pool is virtually unlimited.And right after they did so, for about a week, they were more likely to start a conversation with someone of another race.Ok Cupid's Ok Trends blog detailed the prevalence of racial prejudice on its own service back in 2009.
Asian men, black men and black women got the worst ratings, while Asian women and Latina women fared the best.He found that people from all racial backgrounds disproportionately contacted users from their same racial background.However people were more willing to reply to a user of a different race than they were to initiate contact.In short: As much as people would like to believe that they are open-minded, a potential partner's racial background plays a huge part in Ok Cupid's matches."Ok Cupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be.If anything, racial bias has intensified a bit," Rudder wrote, adding that black people and Asian men were at a significant disadvantage in the dating pool.With traditional dating networks, scholars have found it hard to qualify how much of self-segregation in the dating pool has to do with internal prejudice, versus structural issues in an already-segregated society.Offline, you might have fewer opportunities to meet someone of another race to begin with, based on where you live or how homogenous your networks of family and friends are, but online, there's less of a barrier. Surely daters had become more open-minded over time!Sorry, folks: A look at 2014 data suggests that there has been little improvement. You have stories to tell, and passions to share, and things to talk about that are more interesting than the weather.Get noticed for who you are, not what you look like.