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"But on the other hand, you have to wonder: If racism weren't so ingrained in our culture, would they have those preferences?
" Hobley says the site made changes over the years to encourage users to focus less on potential mates' demographics and appearance and more on what she calls "psychographics." "Psychographics are things like what you're interested in, what moves you, what your passions are," Hobley says.
Melissa Hobley, Ok Cupid's chief marketing officer, says the site has learned from social scientists about other reasons that people's dating preferences come off as racist, including the fact that they often reflect IRL — in real life — norms.
No matter — by any name, they're virtually guaranteed to be full of white people eager to partake in the tradition of paying exorbitant prices for goods/services that can easily be produced/rendered with a quick Google search and small bit of effort. She also points to a recent study by international researchers that found that a rise in interracial marriages in the U. over the past 20 years has coincided with the rise of online dating."If dating apps can actually play a role in groups and people getting together [who] otherwise might not, that's really, really exciting," Hobley says."If I don't take it seriously, then I don't have to be disappointed when it doesn't go well," she says.Jason is out of the dating game entirely because he ended up finding his current partner, who is white, on an app two years ago.
Similarly, Asian men fell at the bottom of the preference list for most women. "It was like an unfulfilled validation, if that makes sense.