Racism and online dating

Trust me: not only are blindfolds sexy, they prove that skin color makes no difference whatsoever to your orgasm.

But can individuals overlook differences like race to fall in love in the first place?

Put off and suspicious that her black skin had something to do with it, Roderique slapped her white friend's photo on the same dating profile, and watched as the messages came pouring in.

Then, she tried a photo of herself, digitally altered to make her appear Caucasian, and saw even more messages filling up her inbox.

A man in the top 5 percentile of looks will pull less interest than a Plain Jane middle-of-the-distribution female, and for guys who do NOT cut model-level cheekbones and 6'0 height, the statistics are far grimmer. You might even say internet dating is racist against Asian men.

in order to get the same level of responses as a white man. There are also tons of studies on OKCupid which basically confirm that the playing field is unbalanced against Asian men when it comes to online dating.

Kevin Lewis, a sociologist at University of California San Diego, analyzed messages sent by over 120,000 users on dating site, Ok Cupid, finding racial prejudice affects dating decisions.According to Lewis’ research, all users falling within the site’s five largest racial categories (black, white, Asian, Latino, Indian) were more likely to initiate contact with users from their same racial background.“Most men (except black men) are unlikely to initiate contact with black women, all men (including Asian men) are unlikely to reply to Asian women, and although women from all racial backgrounds tend to initiate contact with men from the same background, women from all racial backgrounds also disproportionately reply to white men,” Lewis said.Lewis’ findings align with former online dating research that has found black women to be the least desired by non-black men.The informal experiment led Roderique to a disheartening conclusion: "People aren't as open as perhaps they claim to be." Roderique joined CTV's Your Morning Wednesday, to share the details of her social experiment, which highlighted what she says are some of the underlying realities of the supposedly liberal-minded dating scene in Toronto."When you conduct interviews with people, they generally express that they are happy to date outside their race," she said.