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Finding love online is definitely less taboo these days. It’s almost weirder if you are single and not using an online dating service. There are so many options out there: Match, Tinder, EHarmony….But one dating site helped revolutionize the way we find love: OkCupid.

The site’s founders used math and data to build the site’s popularity – and while that sounds pretty boring, they took the info they found on our profiles and started a blog called OkTrends. The blog was a huge hit and is now a book by one of OkCupid’s founders, Christian Rudder.

In the book, “Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)€”,” Christian writes about dating data that caught his eye over the years of analyzing trends when it comes to online profiles.

Racism, specifically, caught his eye: “Being an american i expected there to be a certain racial component to it​,” Rudder said. “But I was surprised at how pervasive and how deep the biases are in the data. So I saw the same exact pattern on OkCupid as on a site called Date Hookup which is totally different has a different demographic​….​and then I found the pattern doesn’t change over time…. It’s a very stubborn situation. Most people understand racism exists but it’s very interesting to see, the numbers give some clarity to an otherwise very emotional topic.”

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