Race and Attraction on Tinder

Fascinating work on the sorts of classifications and snap judgments we make about people based on everything from clothing to race to perceived class.

“How I Rebuilt Tinder and Discovered the Shameful Secret of Attraction” by Anne Helen Petersen

“But maybe what we call the argument of one’s genitals is, in truth, incredibly — and both consciously and subconsciously — influenced by the cultures in which we grow up as well as our distinct (and equally culturally influenced) ideas of what a “good couple” or “good relationship” would look like. Put differently, we swipe because someone’s “hot,” but we find someone “hot” based on unconscious codes of class, race, education level, religion, and corresponding interests embedded within the photos of their profile.”

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