In this day and time it seems like more people are taking the online dating route instead of the traditional meeting someone by chance in person.
This is most likely due to the fact that many millennials are “busy” and with the growth of technology, the convenience of pulling up an app and “weeding out” the non-potentials makes the process easier, right?
Not for all. Some may argue that black women have less success on dating apps. And after one woman came across some points made in Christian Rudders, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), she decided to take matters into her own hands. On the OkTrends blog, Rudder reports, “82% of non-Black men on OkCupid show some bias against Black women.”
MadameNoire writer, Christine Mwaturura, decided to create a new profile with all the same likes and personality of her own, only difference is she’s white. She wanted to see how her online presence as a white woman, who she named Stephanie, would compare to that of her own.
At the conclusion of her week as a white woman she made the comparison.
She looked at the number of profile views, interactions received, quality of emails and quality of suggested matches.
While there wasn’t a huge gap in the number of views she did note that Stephanie received more interactions and better crafted emails. She also found that men were more open to initiate flirting with Stephanie.
And of course Stephanie didn’t have an issue with getting matches with guys who blatantly stated that they weren’t interested in black women.
She concluded that even tho Stephanie had more “success”, out of the guys who interacted with her she wouldn’t have picked them for a date.
As a whole, Stephanie’s online dating experience felt better than mine, but only marginally so. At the end of it all, of the men who had initiated some form of interaction, there wasn’t a single guy whom I would have picked for a date. Stephanie would have ended up watching Netflix alone on a Friday night, just like me. So yes, even though there is a pervasive discount applied against Black women online, maybe the result of it doesn’t matter all that much in real terms. Online dating sucks… for everyone.
What’s your opinion? Have you tried online dating? How do you think the color of your skin has affected your experience, if any?
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