Racist dating service
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.
Ok Cupid's Ok Trends blog detailed the prevalence of racial prejudice on its own service back in 2009.
According to the site's internal stats, white males get the most responses to their messages than any other group, and that white, Asian and Hispanic women reply to non-white men less than a quarter of the time.
It’s not racist, they insist, it’s just their preference and nothing can be done about it.
However people were more willing to reply to a user of a different race than they were to initiate contact.
And right after they did so, for about a week, they were more likely to start a conversation with someone of another race.
This was the tone employed by the sample of British singletons who formed the focus of One man, Jordan, who had been happy to proclaim his preference for “white girls”, also said he’d never slept with a woman larger than a size 12.
However, I was interested to note that this size-based prejudice prompted a perfunctory, but still significant, self-chastisement on his part.
This has undoubtedly resulted in the encouragement of racial bias in dating, and a created a generation who are less likely to meet people who might dispel their previously held stereotypes.