Empirical analysis of online dating
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.
But dating sites, at a cultural level, are incredibly revealing even before the first user signs up.
As shown by Quartz, "we" fetishize Asian women while devaluing blacks.
With a schism between what people say and what they do; between what they say and what the unconsciously think, surveys of racial attitudes are always already quite limited.
Of course, what these sites tell us about ourselves does not stop at race.
They also tell us that we care about things like income, physical (dis)ability and body size, exposing the range of isms that American prefer not to speak of in polite company, and certainly refrain from applying to themselves.The data show that white men and Asian women receive the most interest, whereas black men and women receive the least amount of interest (see headline photo for the complex picture of racial preference by gender).