Interracial dating patterns
By combining all of our choice and ratings data with separately collected background information on the daters, we could figure out what made someone desirable by comparing the attributes of daters that attracted a lot of interest for future dates with those that were less popular.
With the obvious qualification that we're talking here about a four-minute version of love and dating, we found that men did put significantly more weight on their assessment of a partner's beauty, when choosing, than women did.
Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker laid the foundations back in 1973 with his two-part article "A Theory of Marriage." Becker imagined society as an immense cocktail party with rational-minded daters searching for the most desirable partner who would have them.
Almost 80% of people surveyed who use Tinder said they have been on a date with someone of a different race or ethnicity (not necessarily a Tinder date, just any date in their lifetime).
A black woman from New York told NPR in January that she went on dates with two white men who expressed racist sentiments to her (one told her, “My family would never approve of you,” and another said, “We have to bring the 'hood out of you, bring the ghetto out of you! She met the first man on Ok Cupid, the second on Tinder.
Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for Buzz Feed News and is based in New York.
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