Some limitations of this study: It only looked at a subset of heterosexual interactions on one dating site, whose users, co-founder Christian Rudder wrote on Ok Trends, "are better-educated, younger, and far more progressive than the norm." (A 2010 Pew report found Millennials were far more likely than other age groups to accept interracial marriage.) So the findings may not apply to all dating demographics.And the actual content of the messages wasn't included in the data, so there's no guarantee the reply wasn't "LOOLOL IN UR DREAMS." But online dating provides a new vantage point from which to examine interracial dating preferences, since the dating pool is virtually unlimited. You have stories to tell, and passions to share, and things to talk about that are more interesting than the weather.
Rudder writes: “Beauty is a cultural idea as much as a physical one, and the standard is of course set by the dominant culture. One interesting thing about OKCupid’s interface is that we allow people to select more than one race, so you can actually look at people who’ve combined ‘white’ with another racial description. In fact it goes a long way toward undoing any bias against you.” This data raises SOME interesting questions — for one thing, are these patterns mirroring the real world?Lewis suggests that one factor in online dating's racial segregation could be what he calls preemptive discrimination."In other words, part of the reason site users, and especially minority site users, do not express interest in individuals from a different racial background is because they anticipate—based on a lifetime of experiences with racism—that individuals from a different background will not be interested in them," This, according to the paper, could be a mediating factor in why people are more likely to reply to users of another race than message them first—they're sure the person is interested in them if they receive a message."Beauty is a cultural idea as much as a physical one, and the standard is of course set by the dominant culture," Rudder writes.How racist are Americans when it comes to selecting a mate? He only included heterosexual interactions between users who self-identified with the site's five largest racial categories: Black, White, Asian (East Asian), Hispanic/Latino and Indian.Asian men and black men received fewer messages than white men, while black women received the fewest messages of all users.Today, OKCupid data scientists released another post, revisiting the data to see if anything had changed over the course of five years. has doubled in the past 30 years, according to online dating habits, we're still pretty racist. To examine how racial prejudice affects our romantic decisions, Kevin Lewis, a sociologist at the University of California at San Diego, analyzed messages sent by more than 126,000 Ok Cupid users over a two-and-a-half month period. A new study of racism in Ok Cupid messaging finds a bit of hope in a sea of largely same-race interactions.The rate of sending and receiving messages across different races.The race of the sender goes across the bottom, while the rate of the user receiving the message is on the right (the depth of the graph).