A recent article in the claims that African-American singles are abandoning traditional approaches to dating and orchestrating matches on Twitter and Facebook instead.With the odds of being married as unfavorable as they are -- the U. Census says African Americans are the ethnic group least likely to marry; an wouldn't make it down the aisle" -- perhaps online dating is the place to turn the tables around. The site he helped relaunch, Black People Meet.com, is the number one personals site among African Americans, according to Nielsen.Bae works pretty much like Tinder, but tailor-made for black users.The Gerrards came up with the idea after they realized how difficult it is for black singles to find dates on existing platforms."If you are a black person, you see Tinder as a white app," says Brian."Tinder isn’t calling itself the dating app for white people, but that is achieved implicitly because of the negative experience for black people." (Tinder spokesperson Rosette Pambakian said the dating app is among the most diverse global platforms in the world, and that "everyone is welcome to use Tinder.")Indeed, dating while black is not easy, especially on platforms largely populated by non-black users.The Gerrards cite an OKCupid study showing that black users experience a strong negative bias in online dating.More than 80 percent of whites — even the 48 percent of males and 28 percent of females who said they were indifferent to race — sent messages to whites and just three percent contacted blacks.” Read the article here, and please share your comments below. I can’t tell you how many white men’s profiles I’ve seen listing a preference for Asian women! I prefer lighter skin, the same way so many men prefer lighter hair (blondes). I have NO PROBLEM being friends and colleagues with black men (or women); I simply prefer certain physical characteristics just like most people do. As a white woman I’ve gotten a lot of attention from black men.
Some commentators now say that the hysteria is unfounded, but who's looking at how African Americans are using the Internet to address the great marriage debate?
"You go into a spot that has 150 people and hope that five of those guys talk to you.
The reality is, only one of them will, and the other four that you thought were cool are not going to approach, because that dude already did.
Justin Gerrard speaks quickly, Brian Gerrard speaks slowly.
Justin jumps around the room, Brian glides with caution.