Vu, who went through Y Combinator with two separate startups before launching Color Dating, said that the online dating experience — particularly for quick-swipe apps like Tinder — can be frustrating for minorities.
“If a community is predominately a certain race and expresses a specific preference, if you don’t fit with the majority, you’ll end up having a horrible experience,” he said.
Rudo Banya says she's never been attracted to black men. She thinks it's partly because her aunties used to tell her how "rubbish" black men were and told her to "make better choices".
Online dating different races
He cited experiments that showed Asian males getting significantly fewer “matches” than Caucasian males and studies that demonstrated how difficult online dating can be for black women.
“All the dating data I’ve seen fits Ok Cupid’s pattern: black people and Asian men get short shrift,” noted an Ok Cupid study from 2014.
John and Edelisa met on a dating site called Filipino Cupid.
After three months of chatting online, John proposed to Edelisa – before they'd met in person.
Ida Harding migrated to Australia from Ghana at the age of four.
Despite growing up and going to school with mostly white people, Ida has never dated someone from a different racial background.
That was two months ago — since then, Color Dating has attracted more than 30,000 users and quite a bit of positive feedback.
Tran, a Seattle native who re-located to the Bay Area after stints with Student RND and Tune, said that he primarily made Color Dating after females consistently told him that “I don’t date Asian guys,” or, “I’m just not attracted to Asian guys.” Tran felt that this was unfair and that the trend carried over into dating apps like Tinder.
Let’s be honest—when it comes to dating, the question of racial preference is an uncomfortable one.
Sure, we’d all like to think we’re open to dating anyone as long as they’re a good person, but studies from OK Cupid and Facebook tell a much different story about how people actually behave.
At the same time, he knew friends who were attracted to men and women outside of their own race, but they felt like it was too taboo to pursue anything because of pressure from parents or other reasons.