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There is bias against Tinder users who are black and mixed race, and many users will agree on this.
According to study, black women and Asian men are among those who are rated the lowest on the site. In fact, 82 percent of non-black male Tinder users show bias against black women, while single women give Asian men a low rate.
While it is natural to find certain races attractive, this mindset does not apply exclusively online. In fact, a show in the UK called The Dating Game revealed most of the people’s racial prejudices when it comes to choosing a partner.
Meanwhile, another study explored how ethnic discrimination affects a person’s attractiveness. For one, “recent events have given people from ethnic minority backgrounds, particularly Muslims, a bad name in society,’ says Zish Alexander, the study’s founder. As a result, people in the UK developed “islamophobia, prejudice, and unconscious bias”.
To find out how much this affects people who are non-whites, Alexander “photoshopped” himself into three different ethnic personas by changing his skin color and his name (depending on ethnicity).
In Week Two of the experiment, “Ahmed” (representing a Muslim male) has gotten less love than “Alexander” (representing a white male), or “Andre” (representing a black male), and “Alexander” gained a lot of likes.
There are two more weeks to go before the end of the experiment, but the partial results are already telling of the Tinder user mindset.