According to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and other top universities, online dating allows people “to fall into their own racial biases while searching for a partner.” This study particularly targets white people, with its title being “White people prefer white people on dating apps — but that could be changed, study says.”
The researchers of the study are open about their bias, arguing that the goal is “to promote more diverse pairings on the dating sites.” Essentially, the researchers believe that in-group racial preferences, particularly among white people, is racist and must be corrected. Unsurprisingly, the study makes no mention of eliminating non-white dating sites such as MeetBlackPeople.com.
Despite Jevan Hutson, one of the researchers of the study, acknowledging that intimacy is rightfully private, he immediately contradicts himself by stating, “our private lives have impacts on larger socioeconomic patterns that are systemic.” As a result, he participated in a study that attempts to corrects racial dating preferences.
Sinakhone Keodara, a gay man, even threatened to sue Grindr, a gay dating app, for sexual racism he faced, claiming that ending racial dating preferences would benefit the mental health of people of color.
In all fairness, the study did find unequal outcomes in racial dating preferences.
- White people are ten times more likely to receive a message from a black person on a dating app than they are to message the black user themselves.
- Asian men and black women have the lowest chance of receiving a message or a response.
- White people of “all ages” prefer to go on dates with other white people.
- College students are most likely to avoid going on dates with black women.
An experiment at Ok Cupid, an online dating website, paired up users by saying they were “highly compatible,” even though they otherwise would not be considered good matches. According to the dating website, often times, the conversation went well. However, no empirical data from the study was released.
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