I should say at the top that some of the sample sizes for the various race/gender slices presented here are rather small (for instance, Ok Cupid doesn’t have many lesbians of Indian descent), and that accounts, I think, for some of the scatter-shot nature of the color tables.
On several occasions, during the recent debate over Scottish independence, Alison has been called an ‘English bitch’ and worse.
It’s surely not just Ok Cupid users that are like this.
In fact, it’s any dating site (and indeed any collection of people) would likely exhibit messaging biases similar to what I’ve written up.
Lately, since we’ve been dealing with complex and data-intensive subjects like race and reply rates, we’ve had to restrict ourselves to straight data in the primary post.
We felt that adding a discussion of gay and lesbian trends alongside straight ones would triple the length of an already long and dense post and surely more than triple reader confusion.