So these racial disparities persist even after excluding users who have stated an explicit racial preference...
Ayres finds this depressing, and laments that black women have "an uphill battle." TIME uses the study, and others of online dating sites, and concludes that black women "will be disproportionately snubbed by men of all races."Look, I deeply suspect that, on a national level, there are an unfortunate number of people who think black women are less attractive then women of other races.
There's been a lot of talk over the past few months over the dating prospects for black women.
Besides the occasional dip, I've tried to stay clear as I think this is the kind of conversation where there's a lot of condemnation and very little exploration.
But in some ways the Ok Cupid result is even more depressing than the racial disparities found in employment.
It seems that Ok Cupid doesn't match couples where the match would be inconsistent with an explicit racial preference of a user.
Men (including African-American men) write back to African-American women at about a 20% lower rate.
In many cases, their response rate is one and a half times the average, and, overall, black women reply about a quarter more often that other women. Or rather, they write them back far less often than they should.
But that said, I think that people passing this data around need to be really careful about using this study to draw inferences about the dating world of black women. Or if they're truly high post, they go to Elite Noire.