The data shown above come from the Facebook dating app, Are You Interested (AYI), which works like this: Users in search of someone for a date or for sex flip through profiles of other users and, for each one, click either “yes” (I like what I see) or “skip” (show me the next profile).
When the answer is “yes,” the other user is notified and has the opportunity to respond. The graphic shows what percentage of people responded to a “yes,” based on the gender and ethnicity of both parties (the data are only for opposite-sex pairs of people).
Over the last two decades, online dating has become progressively more acceptable – and popular.
It has become so popular that preferences in the online dating market also reflect the reality of racial discrimination in the U. In new research, researchers he experience of multiracial individuals in online dating.
A generation of scholars have since sought to assess whether the increase in multiracial identification reflects real changes in the U. Using 2003-2010 data from one of the largest dating websites in the United States, we examined nearly 6.7 million initial messages sent between heterosexual women and men and assessed whether White, Asian, Black and Latino monoracial (those that identify with a single racial group) daters were less likely, equally likely, or more likely to respond to initial messages sent from Black-White, Asian-White and Latino-White multiracial daters compared to messages from their same-race in-groups.
We find that multiracial daters are treated very differently than single race daters, and, in fact, are afforded a preference premium in online dating.
Proud, Diverse and Growing in Numbers Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.
The researchers analyzed a major dating website's data from 2003 to 2010, scrutinizing 6.7 million messages between heterosexual men and women.
They compared the responses received by three groups of multiracial people (Asian-white, black-white, and Hispanic-white) with the responses received by their counterparts who identified with only one race.
"The most surprising finding from our study is that some white-minority multiracial daters are, in fact, preferred over white daters," the study authors wrote.
In general, men responded to women about three times as often as women responded to men. All men except Asians preferred Asian women, while all except black women preferred white men.
And both black men and black women got the lowest response rates for their respective genders.