When OKCupid analyzed its own data, it found that black men and women get fewer responses than their counterparts from other ethnic groups. Last year, data from Facebook’s dating app, Are You Interested, showed exactly the same result: The odds on online dating sites are consistently stacked against black users.
Several sites have sprung up to cater specifically to the black community, including Black People Meet, Black Planet, and Black Singles.
Black professional women, in particular, struggle to marry, continuing a trend that has been true for years: Back in 2009, ABC News reported that 70% of black professional women were unmarried.
Could technology help to improve the marriage prospects for black professionals?
Because the speed dating events were open to anyone within a certain age range, Amber ended up talking to many men who were not her type.
The 5’10” single wanted a boyfriend who was taller than her and shared her political views, and yet she was forced to agonize the minutes away in awkward conversation with vertically-challenged Republicans.
I happened to be one of the first guys to register with the organizer, and I took the opportunity to grab a beer and watch the men herd into line to register like cattle to the slaughter. " the organizer asked one man, who responded with a nervous chuckle. To be blunt, most of the men on either side (including me) were average-looking -- sometimes aggressively so.
There was a drizzle of uneasy laughter from the men in line. These men weren't the living mannequins you see gliding on the roller skates of their good looks through Chelsea.
The Short Version: On Speed Dating is a privately owned speed dating service connecting singles in New York City and Austin, Texas.
This top-rated company made its name in 2008 by organizing themed events for specific types of daters who desire particular types of partners.
New Yorkers Amber Soletti and Carmine Di Re were both single in 2008 when they started going to speed dating events around town.
They hoped to meet someone attractive and available but found themselves continually disappointed by the random caliber of attendees sitting across from them.
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