Black and dating sites

He wouldn't say how many of those registrants ultimately paid the per month typically required to become a full-fledged member (there is a special -per-month trial offer advertised right now).

That's probably not a topic people really want to discuss on Facebook, in 140 characters on Twitter, or, as Ok Cupid's data has shown, in general.

It's easier to simply profess your anger over Russell's silly site. "I knew there was some potential for backlash, but I’m not going to dodge it," he told the Washington Post.

Currently, there are more people talking about the ridiculousness of the site than there are active users.

It's not unlike the racist boycott or the Starbucks red cup controversy that sparked debate toward the end of 2015.

And they reveal that there's an attractiveness benefit to being a white man.

Rudder doesn't believe it's outright racism that drives this trend.

Ok Cupid, one of the largest dating websites in the US, compiles data on its "matches" between its members.

In 2009, Ok Cupid found that white men get the most responses from potential mates.

Instead, he explains, he believes it's cultural, and because white culture is so dominant, it skews what we find attractive toward whiteness: Beauty is a cultural idea as much as a physical one, and the standard is of course set by the dominant culture. One interesting thing about Ok Cupid’s interface is that we allow people to select more than one race, so you can actually look at people who’ve combined "white" with another racial description. In fact it goes a long way towards undoing any bias against you.

Tags: , ,