Online dating tips for black women
Chief among them was that I did not want to participate in platforms where users are given tools to discriminate based on race.
If you’re a black woman, as I am, or an Asian man, Ok Cupid data shows that you’re likely to receive fewer matches and messages. It became glaringly obvious that I was getting far fewer matches and messages while online dating than my non-black friends.
And once a user had received a cross-race message, he or she was more likely to initiate new interracial exchanges in the short-term future.
So, there are certain circumstances, as this study found, that may temporarily reduce racial bias.
But I have not lost hope in the online-dating industry.
A 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that individuals were more likely to respond to a romantic message sent by someone of a different race than they were to initiate contact with someone of a different race.
When I wrote to Dating Ring to inquire as to how the site was doing now, one of its founders, Lauren Kay, responded: “We’ve …