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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106 comments
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...

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.

hydrium1
hydrium1

Biology is racist everyone.

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!

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.

LynnBarkema
LynnBarkema

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

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. 

JohnSziecheDavis
JohnSziecheDavis

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

josh.loschen
josh.loschen

Really wish they would have made the numbers more readable. 

newuser
newuser

I do not see native in this sequence..

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

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.

jjfjtjjj
jjfjtjjj

So, except for (other) blacks, blacks rank lowest on the totem pole relative to other races... Would this hold true if the black in questioned was Michael Jordan, Beyoncé, Halle, will smith, Tiger, Denzel... otherwise blacks who are rich/famous/high education-earning potential/etc... does status and wealth influence preferences.. I SURE IT DOES... SO, WHAT SAY.....???!!!!!

BingJou
BingJou

I am an Asian male.  My response rate from every single race is significantly higher than the aggregate rates in the graph. I am also successful in obtaining a higher-than-expected response rate from both genders of all races.  They all tell me the same thing - NO. 

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.

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.

LeoMcNeil
LeoMcNeil

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

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?

Openminded1
Openminded1

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

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. 

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.  :) 

Openminded1
Openminded1

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

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.

PauloPincaro
PauloPincaro

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

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. I'm sorry I just can't... stop... laughing... Bwahahahahahaha. Oh wait, you're American right? That explains everything...

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.

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 :)

Openminded1
Openminded1

@BingJou @Openminded1 Realistic mind vs. delusional mind