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Unlike other apps where you swipe through lots of people, this app sends you one “bagel” it thinks you might like each day at noon.
These bagel boys (or women) are based not just on your own stated preferences, but on an algorithm of what it thinks you will like, and is more likely to recommend friends-of-friends from your Facebook.
A friend (who wishes to remain anonymous because she doesn't want her family knowing she online dates) noticed something strange recently after she had been using the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel for a while: It kept sending her a certain type of guy.
Which is to say, it kept suggesting men who appear to be Arabs or Muslim.
Yet, it seems like a relatively common experience, even if you aren’t from a minority group.
It does not compute "no ethnic preference" as wanting a diverse preference.I know that distinction may seem silly, but it's how the algorithm works currently.Some of this is due to simple supply and demand of the one-to-one matching ratio.“The algorithm is NOT saying that ‘we secretly know you're more racist than you actually are…’ What it's saying is ‘I don't have enough information about you so I'm going to use empirical data to maximize your connection rate until I have enough information about you and can use that to maximize connection rate for you.’In this case, the empirical data is that the algorithm knows that people are more likely to match with their own ethnicity.Perhaps the fundamental problem here is a disconnect between what daters think selecting "no preference" will mean ("I am open to dating all different types of people") and what the app's algorithm understands it to mean ("I care so little about ethnicity that I won't think it's weird if I'm shown only one group).