In a chilling account discussed on the podcast, a Dating Ring user, upon receiving the name and phone number of a match, was said to have replied: “I hope that’s a typo, because that name doesn’t sound white to me.” Whenever someone tells me that discussing online dating is a waste of time, I refer to that anecdote and two sad truths about the online dating industry that Dating Ring’s founders discovered: First, giving people the tools to act on racial bias is profitable; and second, it is not fair to users who are discriminated against to be matched with people who are biased against their racial group and, as a result, will dismiss them as potential matches.
So Dating Ring moved away from its original design.
Online dating makes us very different in our choosing process. So people you may be right for don’t select you because of something they see or read…in real life they might actually like you.” He goes on to describe online dating as “being in the worst bar and the best bar at the same time.” And ultimately if you want to do it, you have to develop a thick skin.
Our dating agency then takes these results and combines them with your personal search criteria in order to send you 3-7 suitable matches per day.Newer sites have had similar experiences with racial bias.Dating Ring, the matchmaking company followed in the second season of the “Start Up” podcast, tried to improve the dating experience for minorities, but their users often pushed back.And the statistics say that most of those white men are looking to date someone who “share their racial background.” That means that, for the most part, black women’s profiles are passed by.If OKCupid’s studies are anything to go by, black men gave black women the cold shoulder too and vice versa.Our smart-profiling service is based on two main factors: an in-depth personality test and your search criteria.