A friend (who wishes to remain anonymous because she doesn't want her family knowing she online dates) noticed something strange recently after she had been using the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel for a while: It kept sending her a certain type of guy.
Which is to say, it kept suggesting men who appear to be Arabs or Muslim.
My hope is that my friends let me play romantic roulette with their love lives because they think my job affords me some top-secret dating intel.
In reality, they probably just let me do it because of how much it fascinates me.
Perhaps most surprising is that among men, all racial groups preferred another race over their own.
AYI analyzed some 2.4 million heterosexual interactions—meaning every time a user clicked either “yes” or “skip”—to come up with these statistics.
Coffee Meets Bagel’s whole thing is that it does the sorting for you.In general, men responded to women about three times as often as women responded to men. All men except Asians preferred Asian women, while all except black women preferred white men.And both black men and black women got the lowest response rates for their respective genders.My friend entered her ethnicity as Arab in Coffee Meets Bagel (you DO have the option not to state your ethnicity).Yet she explicitly stated “no preference” in terms of potential suitors’ ethnicity – she was interested in seeing people of all different backgrounds.Unlike other apps where you swipe through lots of people, this app sends you one “bagel” it thinks you might like each day at noon.