You can use other online data to see this split personality play out elsewhere.
The night Obama was first elected was a moment of catharsis. All the dating data I’ve seen fits Ok Cupid’s pattern: black people and Asian men get short shrift.
Regardless of if you’re actually on dating apps or not, social media presents you with a world of choice where you can cherry pick your networks and get more of what you want.
Now more than ever we feel like we know what we like, and can get it at the click of a button.
So, for example, in the bottom-right corner of the lower table, you see that white women think white men are 17% more attractive than the average guy.
The exclusion of races dissimilar to one's own is a main feature of sexual racism, however a reluctance to date inter-racially predominantly spans from the discriminatory views often possessed by those in society, as opposed to purely a same-race individual preference.
Moreover, this racial discrimination also deviates into the form of the sexual dehumanisation of individuals of other racial identities.
“Is it racist to have a preference when it comes to the race of the people you date? He didn’t have any real reasons for his preferences and I had more than a strong suspicion that they were informed by stereotypes about all of the groups he mentioned rather than by any real personal experience with them. Being a young person of colour in one of the most diverse cities in the world where dating culture feels increasingly more Americanised, I hear heated debates about racial preferences all the time.
Both of us are products of mixed relationships and move in ethnically diverse circles, but I knew where the conversation was going. “On what that preference is, and why.” He’s mixed white and Caribbean, and said to me that he was interested in “light-skinned” girls, Latinas and white girls. When I asked him what made him feel that way he shrugged and said “I just do.” His response sounded pretty problematic to me.
A few weeks ago, Ok Cupid, the popular “freemium” dating service, started offering its paid subscribers a very cool new tool.