But a new study suggests the apps themselves might reinforce those prejudices. To conduct the study, the researchers downloaded the 25 top-grossing apps in the iOS app store as of fall , including Tinder, OKCupid, Hinge, Grindr and some lesser-known apps like Meetville and Coffee Meets Bagel. Do they get pictures or bios? Can you sort matches according to different categories? When apps encourage users to act on quick impressions and filter other people out, serendipity is lost, the researchers say.
How Tinder Accidentally Exposed Society's Inherent Racism
Why your swipes on Hinge and OKCupid might be racist
Dating apps should not allow people to filter search results by race. They have taken a long, hard look at the way dating apps work, and the racial preferences people sometimes express. Several dating apps allow people to filter search results based in race. However, the researchers say this can result in those seeking connections missing out on potential partners. It could also lead to users fetishizing particular groups. The research explores previous research into the impact of dating apps.
Is It OK to Have a Racial Preference in Dating?
Tinder revolutionized the dating world when it was launched five years ago. But, in drastically streamlining the attraction process, and entirely by accident, Tinder became the skeleton key to unlocking data on racism in America. Black women and Asian men make up two demographics that have been long stigmatized as not-ideal sexual and romantic partners. Established in , a whole six years prior to Tinder, the dating site OKCupid ensured its longevity when it sought help from Tinder in to implement the swipe into its own platform.
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. The bi man from Toronto, who did not share his full name, told Global News he was once told this by a man on a dating app. Sometimes simple microaggression can cause a huge stir.