Seriously, most of us have a preference (or two, or three), but have you ever stopped to think why you're attracted to certain people and not others?

And whether underlying that attraction, or lack thereof, lurks some kind of prejudice?

One interesting thing is to compare what you see above with what those same users have And yet the underlying behavior has stayed the same.

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He surveyed nearly 2,000 men across Australia asking them to rank how attractive or unattractive they found particular racial groups. The least were Asian, Indian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders."That to me represents really compelling evidence that this is not a matter of preference because if this was a matter of preference you would expect a degree of randomness," he said.

Certain racial groups become associated with masculinity and some with femininity - Asian women fit into this category, according to Denton.

The night Obama was first elected was a moment of catharsis. All the dating data I’ve seen fits Ok Cupid’s pattern: black people and Asian men get short shrift.

It really felt like something had changed about the way America perceived and thought about race, and for at least that brief moment, the nation appeared united. For example, below are the numbers from Date Hookup, a site that we acquired a few years ago (but that still operates independently.) Date Hookup has a distinct userbase, a distinct user acquisition model, a distinct interface, yet their data reflects the same basic biases: While Ok Cupid is large enough that its demographics reflect the general Internet-using public, Date Hookup is a niche site particularly popular with Latinos and blacks (those groups comprise 13% and 20% of the site, respectively.) Other sites in our portfolio, with still different demographics and business models, show the same attraction patterns.

“It kinda worked,” she told me, “but in hindsight, it’s really fucked that I have to do so much to keep them away.” Kelly, 26, has been called racist for stating on her profile that she wasn’t interested in contact from those specifically seeking Asian women (WHAT THE???

), while Tash, 28, went on a date with someone who “proudly” told her he only dated Asians, and then “got angry and aggressive” when she pulled him up on his objectification.

We’re both infantilised and sexualised – an accessory for the white man’s sexual and emotional satisfaction.

They see us as a blank page, waiting for them to bring us alive on terms that are anything but our own. Karen, 26, didn’t list her race, or that she could speak Japanese, when she used Ok Cupid “to try and minimise my encounters with weebs”.

It’s a wholesale phenomenon: the ratings for an entire population are shifted down. And science has long known that bonuses accrue to beautiful people: they have better outcomes at work and at school, more success with juries, even live longer lives, and so on.

Q: Are you saying that because I prefer to date [whatever race], I’m a racist? There are many situations that might not be explicitly romantic, but are nonetheless a lot like a first date. In short, “beautiful people” receive a lot of the same built-in benefits in our society that white people do. 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.

This article folds in millions of person-to-person interactions, what one human being thinks of another. Ok Cupid’s gives you The values in these tables are “preference vs.