Dating App Reveals Troubling Racial Preferences

Aren't we supposed to be over this sort of thing?

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Am I attractive? Well, that partly depends on your race — or so says an analysis of the preferences of users logged into a popular Facebook dating app, Are You Interested, which allows clients to click “yes” if they find a person attractive or take the option of skipping to the next profile page.

Spoiler alert: the 21st century is not even close to resembling a post-racial society. Check out this graph published by digital media outlet Quartz:

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115 comments
RoslinaZudong
RoslinaZudong

That's because media bases black women off of African American stereotypes. Black women in Europe, Africa, the Middle East(though Middle Eastern people don't count now???), the US, Canada, etc all differ greatly from each other. And nonetheless these stereotype are more often than not untrue. And no I'm not black I'm just not a close minded twat tbh... and I find that a lot(not all obv) non-Asian men prefer Asian women for the wrong reason any.

AriD2385
AriD2385

I think the main thing overlooked by this is that people, particularly men, often seek out online dating specifically in order to date interracially, and to gain access to women that they may not regularly or casually encounter in everyday life.  Thus, if a man has a particular interest in dating Asian women, but doesn't run into many, he will likely go online and seek them out.  Essentially, given their few numbers in the US, the group men are most likely to go online to connect with are Asian females.  For that reason, I have difficulty seeing this as a standard representation.


Also, I'd want to see pics of all the women to ensure that they all were in the same tier of attractiveness.  Not modelesque women in one group and average to above average in another.  That alone would impact things.



MohamedSalamh
MohamedSalamh

@AriD2385 Good point but how would you explain the high response rates of white females towards white males ? though interesting comment. 

AliDouglas
AliDouglas

I live in Canada and it looks like segregation plays a huge role in this so the findings are tanted on the premiseseis that people do what is acceptable in the society they live in. Because of specific economic issues, women in the states tend not to lean toward african. In Canada where certain issues are based on financial and not race, women lean toward black.

AliDouglas
AliDouglas

Women in the United States think all blacks are poor unless they are a celebraties. In canada alot of black men are responsible and respected

lovetheocean
lovetheocean

I am black and I think the dating app is spot on.

I am not ghetto or obese, but I am not in a relationship.

Okay, I get messages from black and white men....

I think all men are after sex, so I don't trust any of them.....LOL

Black women are the least desired... media, societal pressures.... hope it changes soon...

AliDouglas
AliDouglas

I beg to differ. If you look at all the people who are considered desirable, they have serious black features

CanYouNot
CanYouNot

VVV that guy is a huge f­ag. Also a persons preference based purely on looks =/= racism

Kcali
Kcali

Really? Because on Craigslist all I see are ads from white women wanting BBC. And i'm not talking about the broadcasting network.

JohnSabet
JohnSabet

@Kcali That's a good one. Sort of dwindles the amount of ads specifically saying no blacks huh ... 

hydrium1
hydrium1

Biology is racist everyone.

AliDouglas
AliDouglas

Segregation destroys the real. If people were'nt you would see real human nature

SBrown0003
SBrown0003

Okay so #1) facts are facts whether you choose to accept them or not. When you get a large number of participants from all backgrounds and have them engage with an app like this, the results tell a story. And it might not be what you want to hear. #2) That being said, I doubt the sample size, and quality of the sample selection was credible. As in, a small population who'd even be will to participate in an facebook app like this, hardly is enough to reflect the true opinion of the rest of the world (or America). But that still doesn't mean the suggested findings aren't true. It just can't support its claim. So it may be true or may be false.

tweety2talk
tweety2talk

I will never ever again look at TIME magazine. I've lost faith.

Perjia
Perjia

Where do middle eastern people fit in? Are they included with "white" or "asian" ?

ViciousBama
ViciousBama

I'm a white guy dating an Asian gal and one of her brothers is engaged to a Latina.  This study is, in my social circle, pretty darn accurate!

ViciousBama
ViciousBama

@12334 The above article states that nobody wants Black women and that nobody wants Black men, I don't see where White guys and/or Asian guys fit into this.  Please read the article before you post, no one wants a chimp.

Chadly
Chadly

The problem with this line of thinking is that it's essentially the 'disparate impact' line of reasoning.  You take a data set and simply infer at the underlying cause.  In this case crying racism at the results is a favorite go to.  However there are other factors such as appearance and culture that also factor in heavily.

For instance Asian women tend to respect their men to a large extent and have a lower incidence of obesity.  Contrast that with black women who have higher incidence of obesity, promiscuity and don't hold their men in high regard.

Also what should a 'post-racial' graph look like?  If you interpret the data another way there is only one group that actually has a preference for same race (black women).  Also note that the least desirable group of women does roughly as well in terms of response as the most desired men (the lowest response women get is 8.5 while the highest response men get is 9.3).  To me that's more interesting than the low response to black women.

LeoMcNeil
LeoMcNeil

@Chadly But you just used a bunch of "data" to draw conclusions about black women and their behaviors?  

Openminded1
Openminded1

@LeoMcNeil @Chadly I hope you do not think you are hot/ like most fat black women do. because you are only fooling yourself. a black man will take a white women over a fat black women every time.

AndreKhabir
AndreKhabir

Typical knee jerk response, denial that racism had any part to play in the findings. Even with the statistics shoved right in front of your face. Why deny what is there? There are countless studies, scientific journals, and published books that show there is racism in America and that white privilege has a big part to play. Look up white privilege sometime, open your eyes and quit denying that racism is gone.

AliDouglas
AliDouglas

People in the united states needs to destroy segregation before you know the real stats

DennisLee
DennisLee

@Chadly Stereotype much? What about all the crazy asian chicks and skinny black chicks out there? What sort of racist crap is that to say that black people are more promiscuous?

LynnBarkema
LynnBarkema

The only thing more discriminated against than race, is age.  And that in older women.  Nobody wants an old woman,.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@LynnBarkema Not true if she has money and still drops to her knees some men love  older women.

JasonPicton
JasonPicton

@Openminded1 @LynnBarkema  A womans money or achievements in life never matter to a male, women wish we valued them for something other than sex but its just not how we men think, I am sure some pathetic manginas will pretend to care to get some action, but women are warm holes for the most part :)

ToriR
ToriR

Ah well,  I'm biracial (black and white), my spouse is biracial (black and white).  Somehow we got here, somehow we found each other.  We've also both had no problem dating other races.  I grew up in a predominantly white town, I was never single before meeting my spouse.  Don't pay too much mind to this, there is someone out there for everyone.  If Honey Boo Boo's mom can find a man, so can you.

TenaciousJim
TenaciousJim

Once again Blue people are left out of the study entirely.

nicole_xi
nicole_xi

Am I attractive to you all?  Answer me!

IrwJer
IrwJer

I noticed that they forgot the Gay/Bi population.  I'm pretty sure it would be something like White Men with an arrow pointing to everything but a white man lol.   Black men would be pointed toward white men and black men with a side of Asian.   Bi people should just have an arrow pointing everywhere! This is just ridiculous on so many levels. 

LeoMcNeil
LeoMcNeil

@IrwJer Yet most data I have seen shows that white men are attracted to white men.  Brown people are not a preference of gay white men. 

JohnSziecheDavis
JohnSziecheDavis

So the sex world prefers whites and Asians. So? Sexual preferences are not the same as who you actively discriminate against.

IrwJer
IrwJer

@JohnSziecheDavis  Sexual preference definitely plays a role in what you prefer.  I don't think its discrimination, I think it's personal preference.  :) 

josh.loschen
josh.loschen

Really wish they would have made the numbers more readable. 

newuser
newuser

I do not see native in this sequence..

Openminded1
Openminded1

@newuser They are to ugly, they stick to their own kind unless they are committing rape.

ForumLeech
ForumLeech

If you put two historically separated groups of squirrels together (e.g. gray squirrels and brown squirrels) and they preferred their own kind when mating would the squirrels be racist?

jjfjtjjj
jjfjtjjj

Yes.... what if they (blacks) were OJ, Russell Simmons or for that matter Flavor Flave (sp.), and all the other high profile blacks with women of other races ... does status/wealth skew preferences from non-blacks?????

MartianJones
MartianJones

@jjfjtjjj Fame makes anyone appear more attractive regardless of race.  The cast of Jersey Shore probably don't have problems finding mates even though they are not the brightest of the bunch.

MartianJones
MartianJones

Figures!  Black folk have the worst stereotypes in the media.  According to this White males and Asian females are the most desired.  Black folk and probably Asian males as well are the least desired.

What about mixed race people?  My physical appearance is probably that of a Brazilian male.  I have found women of various races to be attracted to me.

PauloPincaro
PauloPincaro

@MartianJones "My physical appearance is probably that of a Brazilian male."

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