Racial Preferences in Dating
A recent study on data from a dating app found all women except black women were most drawn to white men, and men of all races with one notable exception prefer Asian women. 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.
The numbers in this chart from Dating racial preference show the dating racial preference of people who responded to a "yes" on the "Are You Interested" app. The business site Quartz graphed these preferences using data on the percentage of "yes" responses to preferende "Are you interested? The data suggest some uncomfortable stories about racial preferences in online dating. Back inthe 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.
We have a conversation about the data, below, and invite you to join in too. And if you're, um, interested in this topic, don't miss this recent conversation about it hosted by Michel Martin of NPR's Tell Me More. What's remarkable to me is that, according to that study, most men respond to Asian women — except Asian men. For a while now, we've preferencs of the popularized? But why haven't we heard more about the dating preferences of Asian men?
All men except Asians preferred Asian women, while all except black women preferred white men. And in case any of y'all missed it, Fusion had this hilarious interview with "Are You Interested" creator Josh Fischer and comedian Kristina Wong on Alicia Menendez Tonight. So one of my reactions to the disproportionate popularity of Asian women is, I don't see troves of men flocking to Asian women in the offline world.
I wonder to what extent there's something about finding Asian rackal attractive online but not in "real life. How would, say, the "mask" of screens affect our preferences? But to your point about not seeing troves of men flocking to Asian women: I dunno, I feel like I see preferrnce dating racial preference "preference" for Asian women in real life. I put "preference" in quotes, because I think there's a very fine line that teeters between preferences and fetishization, but that preferemce be a whole other conversation.
I actually do think there must be some of the Asian fetishization, er, "yellow fever" at play here. This just really gets in my craw, because it becomes a problem for the Asian women — Am I just loved because I'm part of an ethnic group that's assumed to be subservient, or do I have actual value as an individual, or is it both? The results of this study only perpetuate social problems dating racial preference both sexes involved.
On the flip side, it's glaring how much everybody prefers white guys and doesn't respond to black men and women. And white men never have to question whether they're attractive to dating racial preference because of a datlng, that's for sure. Any other Asian women ever wonder this? So another study about online dating — and how people self-segregate on the interwebs — started floating around this month.
He saw that most people didn't reach out to potential suitors who were outside their race or ethnicity, and if they did, they were less likely to get a response. But the researcher noticed that people who were contacted by someone of a different race on OKCupid were more likely to initiate contact or interact with someone of that race later on.
So where does that leave us, now? The connective tissue appears to be that race definitely matters when it comes to online dating. And that dating racial preference idea is not necessarily something to get our backs up about, since even studies datiing babies indicate we might be wired to prefer our "in groups" to whatever we perceive as "out groups. But the question that I'd like to see people get at is the difference between the online and offline worlds when it comes to these preferences.
Maybe this is an app just for weirdos who love Asian chicks and don't love black women? I am annoyed for the black women who seem to be clearly getting discriminated against by these online picture-scanners. Dating racial preference speaking from an Asian woman point of view, I found my time in the analog dating world to be one in which men clearly favored white women or Latinas.
I am really skeptical about the odds being ever in my favor, to borrow a Hunger Games line. I think with all these new apps rolling in, we're going to learn more about relationships and preferences. I'm just looking to get my hands on a study that delves deeply into racial preferences — so if anybody knows racual one, holler at me! Yep, if this little exploration leads me to any conclusion, it's a skepticism of data from one particular dating app, since these are going to vary community by community, and I'd like to see a lot more aggregate data before getting too uncomfortable about the results.
It could be that the Are You Interested dating community is just a weirdly skewed world, and now we're extrapolating dating racial preference this meaning into it. Remember when folks used raciial talk about being "post-racial"? Well, we're definitely not that. We're a team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.
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