Black women and Asian men make up two demographics that have been long stigmatized as not-ideal sexual and romantic partners. It’s that the app compiles data on the quick preferences, and prejudices, of millions around the world, exposing an uncomfortable and racist reality.
Established in 2004, a whole six years prior to Tinder, the dating site OKCupid ensured its longevity when it sought help from Tinder in 2013 to implement the swipe into its own platform.
Generally, most users on OKC — and by extension, other sites — “swipe left” on black women and Asian men the most.
“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.
“I’m open to dating women of all backgrounds,” he tells me.
The real problem is that dating apps are inherently flawed.However, it would be naive to think that it’s really as simple as that.Clearly, we do recognise that there are issues with racism and equality away from dating apps, and that they do cross over from one to the other.Now more than ever we feel like we know what we like, and can get it at the click of a button.But what if this is this a bad thing - and is ultimately revealing racist tendencies?More than a third of white people said they would never date a black person, compared to just 10 per cent of black people who wouldn’t date a white person.