At first glance, it seems that hardly anyone does. Everyone is that friend or has friends who download and delete dating apps cyclically.
Yet, no matter how much everyone claims to hate them, everyone still seems to have a folder on their phone that contains apps like Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Raya, Coffee Meets Bagel or whatever other new dating app is currently trending.
Admittedly, as an Asian man, I felt an eerie amount of correlation between my experiences and the Onljne Sky and Jazz described.
The episode opens up relatively xylo, with a brief discussion about how our generation is the most diverse and open-minded in dating history. It then quickly segues to consider that, despite this seemingly progressive overlook, there are still some statistically significant racial preferences at play. Pointing to data pulled from OKCupid, Tinder and other academic studies, white and Asian women are consistently the highest-rated demographic groups on dating apps.
Meanwhile, Asian men and black women are the lowest-rated and most excluded groups. This, of course, should be no surprise.
Dating apps are an easily accessible, digital representation of racial preferences in the real world. This is why dating apps bother me.
And even if they were racist, what can you do — call out your friends for not having enough diversity in their online matches? I often wonder about how the connotations of racial preference also differ at the intersection of race and gender.
Albert Qian is a junior writing about Asian identity. Analyzing Asian: Navigating the online dating world as an Asian male.
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