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).
Of course, women of all races have to deal with BS online. But women of color lack that extra race-based privilege, which can cause some mind-bogglingly stupid reactions from people in the online dating world."As a plus-size black woman attempting to find a suitable mate or at least a date, the results can be pretty sad," Christian S., 30, a Dallas, Texas-based fitness blogger and the creator of The Plush Cyclist, tells SELF.
She's tried out Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Ok Cupid, and
Asian men, black men and black women got the worst ratings, while Asian women and Latina women fared the best.
Here's the chart of users' preferences from 2009: And here's the chart from 2014: As you can see, the biases stayed pretty consistent between 20. The results here are pretty much the same as data taken from other dating sites.
Perhaps most surprising is that among men, all racial groups preferred another race over their own.
AYI analyzed some 2.4 million heterosexual interactions—meaning every time a user clicked either “yes” or “skip”—to come up with these statistics.Thus, we think it is important to shine the light of truth on these topics.By their very nature, some facts about race and ethnicity have the potential to offend people.Its users skew older than Tinder’s—about two-thirds of AYI users are older than 35, according to a spokesperson. Seriously, most of us have a preference (or two, or three), but have you ever stopped to think why you're attracted to certain people and not others?Listening to her experiences makes me want to set something on fire.