Even though the OK Cupid results reflect the behavior of over a million online daters, each dating site draws somewhat different demographics.
OK Cupid has a reputation for attracting a young, nerdy-cool, highly educated crowd. In a Yahoo personals study done at UC Irvine, 91% of members claimed to have no race preference for their matches but white men who dated interracially selected Asian and Latino dating partners significantly more often than black women and Asian men were the least preferred matches for white women. In a speed dating study using Columbia University grad students, white, black and Hispanic women were all far more likely to say no to Asian men than all other men.
If a same-race partner is preferred, there are equal opportunities for desirable matches.
The bad news is, only responses to black women turned out to be significantly skewed.
And it's not just newlyweds - the same mirror-opposite gender gaps appeared in the full census in 2000 among blacks and Asians.
Interracial Marriage The Pew Research organization recently published a report on interracial marriages (Marrying Out) using data from the 2008 U. Census Current Population Survey and one striking statistic jumped out at me.
So the complaints we hear from black women about their "most eligible" men being "taken" by non-black women are grounded in some real disparities.
No Level Playing Field in Online Dating and Mating Whether online or face-to-face, mate selection has certainly never been a level playing field.
Black women received the fewest emails and responded to the most, while White men received the most emails and responded to the fewest.
Black, Asian and gay people are disproportionately more likely to use online dating services in general, which could also be in reaction to perceived scarcity of desirable partners using more traditional ways of meeting.