This article folds in person-to-person interactions, what one individual human being thinks of another. Five years ago, the basics of race and attraction on OkCupid looked like this:.
In some ways, no. Unfortunately, daters are not more open-minded than they used to be.
These numbers reflect different people year-to-year. One interesting thing is to compare what you see above with what those same users have told us about their racial attitudes.
Answers to match questions have been getting significantly less biased over time:. This data sparks a couple questions.
While we hope to help daters look beyond appearance and connect on a deeper level, there is an evident trend showing that race is a factor for many individuals, and in a consistent way. This might say more about the cultural biases passed down in our society than individuals within it.
All this data is from a dating site.
What does that have to do with my life? While this data is specific to daters, it is in line with trends within our society as a whole.
The biases shown in this data tell us about how individuals in our society factor in race when interacting with other individuals. This data forces all of us to examine how others view us and how our own internal racial biases cause us to view others.
And that goes beyond just dating.