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Lewis found similar patterns: "Most men (except black men) are unlikely to initiate contact with black women, all men (including Asian men) are unlikely to reply to Asian women, and although women from all racial backgrounds tend to initiate contact with men from the same background, women from all racial backgrounds also disproportionately reply to white men." Ok Cupid, like so many places, is good place to be a white dude.
Lewis suggests that one factor in online dating's racial segregation could be what he calls preemptive discrimination.
My dalliance with Tinder lasted for four weeks before I boarded up the account and returned to the world of low-tech, meat-and-potatoes courtship.
This was especially true of white users and women users.
However people were more willing to reply to a user of a different race than they were to initiate contact.
And right after they did so, for about a week, they were more likely to start a conversation with someone of another race.
The origins of sexual racism can be explained by looking at its history, especially in the USA, where the abolition of slavery and the Reconstruction Era had significant impacts on interracial mixing.
Attitudes towards interracial relationships, and indeed marriage, have increased in positivity in the last 50 years.
Last year, Ok Trends updated their research with five additional years’ worth of data, culled from some 25 million users.
Had users become more open-minded in their dating practices in the past half-decade?
The data suggested a different narrative: Their biases had become even more pronounced.
A new study of racism in Ok Cupid messaging finds a bit of hope in a sea of largely same-race interactions.
He found that people from all racial backgrounds disproportionately contacted users from their same racial background.