He first joined in 2006, but only started using it seriously in 2013.A little over a year later, Maltempo married a woman he met on the site.Montecillo, whose parents are Filipino, was born in New York and spent 13 years living in Hong Kong.When he signed up for Ok Cupid in 2013, he was in Singapore but began using it more frequently when he moved to Portland, Ore., the following year.His approach was to emphasize his interests (he and his girlfriend are both big fans of Radiotopia podcasts); and keep his profile short but interesting.He needed online dating only to “work once,” he says, and it did.Researchers were then able to compare the online daters’ stated preferences with whom they actually contacted for a date, and they found profound differences between blacks and whites.
Compared with black, white and Latino men, Asian men receive fewer matches and messages from women on the dating site.
Again, white men and women were most likely to respond to members of their own race, and only 5 percent of their responses went to blacks.
Alan Montecillo logged on to Ok Cupid and started filling out his profile.
Overall, he said, “Whites more than blacks, women more than men and old more than young participants stated a preference for a partner of the same race,” The reluctance of whites to contact blacks was true even for those who claimed they were indifferent to race. An estimated one in five Americans has used an online dating service such as e Harmony or Match.com, and a growing number of urbanites are finding romance via Facebook and other social networking sites.
More than 80 percent of the whites contacted whites and fewer than 5 percent of them contacted blacks, a disparity that held for young as well as for older participants. The percentage of couples who have met online is now nearly equal to that of pairs who met through friends or family, according to the researchers. Census data shows that black-white couples represent just 1 percent of American marriages, he said.