Online dating is the trend of the decade. It is so easy to meet new people from different walks of life by swiping on their pictures. But the world is not so rosy for all. Certain men and women are at a disadvantage even in the online dating world.
In the past, if a man could get past his fear and walk up to a woman, there is a chance she would go out with him.
With the online dating apps, you don’t even need that courage. Swipe right and don’t screw up in the conversation and you have a chance.
But for Black women and Asian men, even the online dating world is not so kind. They have been consistently considered the hard to match category.
Does this amount to racism?
While the race question has no easy answer, nothing can be done even if it a factor. According to statistics released by OkCupid, one of the biggest the online dating sites, White men are universally most attractive. In the women’s side, Latinas and Asian women are considered to be the most attractive.
On the negative side of that equation. Black women were getting a raw deal, just like Asian men. Both these categories seem to get filtered even in the search function.
According to OKC’s 2014 stats, 82% of non-black men did not prefer black women.
Some researchers believe this bias is mostly due to stereotypical depiction of Asian men as being good only in martial arts, lack emotion and romance. In the same vein, black women are depicted as strong, sassy type. In addition, biracial women with a lighter skin tone are projected as being more attractive than a black woman.
The society also believes a black woman is strong and has more masculinity than other women while Asian men are projected as being less masculine and thus less attractive.
This bias is not just in heterosexual couples. Even in the gay community, gay Asian men find it very hard to get a date.
A big reason is that most people’s perception is filled by the Hollywood casting.
With China taking over Hollywood slowly, maybe there is a chance for the Asian men to get a change in perception.
Until the society’s perception changes, there is little individual people can do. At least the next time, you check your dating app, maybe include Asian men or black women?