The uncomfortable racial preferences revealed by online dating — Quartz The uncomfortable racial preferences revealed by online dating — Quartz

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We are told there are plenty more fish in the sea. This article was amended on 4 April to remove some personal information. Inversely, they were the least likely group to get a response back — from any ethnicity.

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OkCupid is one of the most popular free dating sites on the web, with aboutmembers in the UK. We chatted for about 20 minutes, discussing grammar, hay fever and egg sandwiches.

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Despite this, I decided to chance it on a free service, OkCupid. It was easy, uncomplicated and fun.

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A report for OkCupid by OkTrends last October, found that black women members were more likely than any other ethnicity and gender group to reply to a first-contact message.

Basic research had taught me there are two types of dating sites: His profile picture showed brown hair, big brown eyes and a smiley face. In one case, a guy in his first email asked me to do a threesome. Here, the site has a reputation for cool, intelligent and politically liberal Dating articles eharmony, often with jobs in media, charity and technology.

She sees no problem with this. In fact, their response rate was one and a half times the average.

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Then came the other IM conversations and emails. His irresistible opening gambit? Louise Northwood runs a matchmaking service in north-east England. A choice that may seem accidental or innocuous in the real world becomes a deliberate exclusion online.

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They consider it to be a legitimate preference, like having a penchant for blondes, or liking petite women. The men who approach you think you must be desperate and therefore a sure thing.

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Optimistic, I signed off. Alice had received an IM alert from a would-be suitor.

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On the day I registered, before I had even fully completed my profile, I got into an instant-message conversation, initiated by a year-old graphic designer from south London. Not a single black male professional has ever contacted me.

I hate it when I see others do it and you never know who you might meet, so I like to leave it open and see what happens.

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Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian In the disappointingly cool summer ofI bit the bullet and joined an online dating site.