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Race Matters When it Comes to Online Dating

Researchers recently took data from the Facebook app Are You Interested and found that not only is race a factor in our online dating interests, but particular races get disproportionately high — and low — amounts of interest.

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Of the 2.4 million heterosexual interactions researchers reviewed, the findings show:

  •     Women get three times the interactions men do.
  •     All men seemed to be more interested in people outside their race.
  •     Black men and women get the lowest response rates to their messages.
  •     All women except Black women are most drawn to white men, and men of all races (with one notable exception) prefer Asian women.

The notable exception is that Asian men prefer Latino women.

The business site using Quartz graphed these preferences using data on the percentage of “yes” responses to the “Are you interested?” question on the app. The data suggest some uncomfortable stories about racial preferences in online dating.

Back in 2009, the folks over at OKCupid culled through the site’s data and similarly found that race played a big role in who would respond to messages, with some similar (and a few different) findings.

Some quick facts from the OKCupid data:

  • Black women respond the most.
  • White men get more replies from almost every group.
  • White women prefer white men; Asian and Latina women prefer them “even more exclusively.”

Read the full story on NPR

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3 thoughts on “Race Matters When it Comes to Online Dating

  1. This study suggest something that may NOT be a complete truth. You see, it says black as in all men of color but it could probably only be African American men or Black men in parts of Europe. It suggests something that is really narrow as something really broad. In other words it's propaganda to further divide black people.

  2. Moor-ena El says:

    PPL NEED TO REALIZE AND RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN U SAY LATINO/A, U HAVE TO BREAK THAT DOWN…THAT IS NOT A RACE! THERE ARE MULTITUDES OF BLACKS IN LATIN AMERICA…THEY NEED TO BREAK IT DOWN. BUT ALSO IF THIS IS TRUE, WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS DILEMMA OF GLOBAL WHYTE SUPREMACY. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. TV PLAYS THE ROLE IN DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF BLACK WOMEN HENCE THE BRAINWASH OF BLACK MEN. IT IS EMBARRASSING TO SEE THESE RESULTS.

  3. Chawl Shepard says:

    This is foolishness. I am a white male. I have had a white wife and a Black wife. The hair products were different, but the nagging was exactly the same. (I became a widower twice.) My brother married a Pilipino woman, but only by chance as they worked together in Memphis. Not everybody is racist. Black-White marriages I hear are 15% of the US now and increasing in?

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