What do you think about African-American and Online Dating? What has been your experience? Would you recommend it to your friends? Do you think that it would open up multi-cultural options for single Black women? What are your thoughts?
My Opinion: I’ve tried a number of dating sites in the past. EHarmony was the worst. I suggest the recruit more African-Americans and other ethnicities for balance. They could consider creating a campaign targeting African-Americans that plays on the “Christian values” part of their market. A lot of holy rollers looking for love would go for that. I’ve heard that BlackPeopleMeet is pretty bad in terms of people acting like they are on Craigslist’s Casual Encounters. As an African-American woman, I found my overall online dating experiences lacking. I’m someone who wanted a real relationship and not just something casual. However, I came to believe that you have to lower your expectations when you’re dating online because 1) People lie (and post old photos), 2) Married people and people who should be allowed to date are trolling on these sites (check out dontdatehimgirl.com) and 3) Online dating doesn’t bring out the best in everyone.
Something to consider: In the past, Gallup polls have shown that half of all Black Americans believe it’s “very important” for couples to marry when they have a child — yet according to research from Packaged Facts, more than six out of ten Black Americans are unmarried, thereby making that group the most unattached in America.