Follow her on Twitter, Youtube and one her blog, It's Akilah Obviously.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.These bagel boys (or women) are based not just on your own stated preferences, but on an algorithm of what it thinks you will like, and is more likely to recommend friends-of-friends from your Facebook.If you like the cut of the fella’s jib, you can accept the match and message each other.
So how does the algorithm find the rest of these dudes? ”Anecdotally, other friends and colleagues who have used the app all had a similiar experience: white and Asian women who had no preference were shown mostly Asian men; latino men were shown only latina women.
Some of this is due to simple supply and demand of the one-to-one matching ratio.
Arab women on the app are a minority, and if there are Arab men who state that they prefer to only see Arab women, then it’s going to show them as many Arab women as it can, even if those women (like my friend) had chosen “no preference”.
It is neither advantageous or disadvantageous to date outside of your race, or class, or within your gender. Akilah is a comedian taking improv and sketch courses at Upright Citizens Brigade.
She is also sometimes your first black girlfriend and other times a Barack Obama tribute band.
Which mean if you are a member of a minority group, “no preference” may end up meaning you’ll disproportionately be matched with people from your own race.