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How Women of Color Face Racism on Online Dating Apps
Dating apps promote racial discrimination, study says
If you're a black man or woman or Asian man, you're going to have a tougher time getting a date on OKCupid. Users of the popular dating site have a clear bias against certain races, according to a new blog post by OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder. Rudder looked at millions of OKCupid interactions between and , involving more than 25 million people, and charted out the racial and gender preferences he found. To do this, he studied how people rated potential dates in QuickMatch , a feature that shows you profiles one at a time and asks you to rate them on a scale of one to five or skip them. Asian men, black men and black women got the worst ratings, while Asian women and Latina women fared the best. It's not just people on OKCupid who feel this way.
What the Pandemic Has Done for Dating
Racism in online dating is a sad reality that we all face. We would hope that in a world so advanced that we can instantly communicate with millions of other single people our biases would shrink. This score is generated by users reviewing a profile and then rating it from one to five stars, with five being the best. Using this data from over 25,, accounts they have been able to derive some very interesting data that indicates the preferences of different races when dating online. Black women were the unfortunate recipients of the highest unfavorable ratings for three of the four races.
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.