We looked at race in one of our very first posts, and today I’d like to revisit the topic with fresh data.
This article folds in millions of person-to-person interactions, what one human being thinks of another. Ok Cupid’s gives you The values in these tables are “preference vs.
By distilling dates down to a profile picture and a swipe, Tinder encourages users to act on their knee-jerk reactions, and that lightning fast process lights up corners of our minds we haven’t fully grappled with as a society.
Black women and Asian men make up two demographics that have been long stigmatized as not-ideal sexual and romantic partners. It’s that the app compiles data on the quick preferences, and prejudices, of millions around the world, exposing an uncomfortable and racist reality.
The book offers incredible insight into topics like our habits, our political beliefs, our speech patterns — and the assumptions many people still make about entire populations.
Generally, most users on OKC — and by extension, other sites — “swipe left” on black women and Asian men the most.
These numbers reflect different people year-to-year. Together the charts fold in data from some 25 million accounts.
Those who identified as politically conservative were more candid in their same-race preference than liberals or moderates.
Move one square to the left, and you see that they think Latinos are 1% above average, and so on.
The color is there to make the big trends easy to see. Ok Cupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be. Here are the numbers for 2009 till now — view each graph below to move through time.
I hadn’t been on Tinder for long before I realized something was wrong: Hardly anyone was reciprocating my interest. None of my close friends, many of whom relied exclusively on the dating app to meet singles, seemed to be encountering this problem. Was there a grammatical error in my personal statement? What they found was that users placed a premium on members of their own race.
In 2009, Ok Trends, the research arm of the dating website Ok Cupid, parsed user data to determine racial preferences in online dating.