On Ok Cupid, black and Indian males had the lowest response rates of any ethnic group.
Among women, black and Native American women yielded the lowest response rates, but only by a slight margin.
I hadn’t been on Tinder for long before I realized something was wrong: Hardly anyone was reciprocating my interest. None of my close friends, many of whom relied exclusively on the dating app to meet singles, seemed to be encountering this problem. Was there a grammatical error in my personal statement? What they found was that users placed a premium on members of their own race. In 2009, Ok Trends, the research arm of the dating website Ok Cupid, parsed user data to determine racial preferences in online dating.Even Asian women, by a small margin, preferred the company of white men to that of Asian men.A related study at Columbia tried to estimate how much men of different ethnic groups would need to earn to become as desirable to a woman as a man of her own race.This multilateral web of discrimination is one reason for the balkanization of dating into factional—or “niche”—services.
The role of media in shaping desire shouldn’t be overlooked.More than 40 of these films had no Asian characters, while Asian men were by far the least sexualized of all race types. Of the Asian men that do appear on screen, most adhere to outdated stereotypes.Either they serve as scientist or sidekick, bereft of romantic feeling, or they act panic-stricken and skittish around members of the opposite gender.With all other factors normalized, an Asian man would have to earn an additional 7,000 to stand on equal footing with his white counterpart and 0,000 to match up with an African-American suitor.This statistic is less intimidating to a pediatric surgeon or venture capitalist than it is to, say, a freelance writer and part-time house-sitter.When asked if they would like to see the person again, women were 33 percent less likely to respond affirmatively to Asian men than to members of other races.