OKCupid: The Stuff Real White People Like

An interesting study by OKCupid:

We selected 526,000  OkCupid users at random and divided them into groups by their (self-stated) race. We then took all these people’s profile essays (280 million words in total!) and isolated the words and phrases that made each racial group’s essays  statistically distinct from the others’.

For instance, it turns out that all kinds of people list  sushi as one of their favorite foods. But Asians are the only group who also list  sashimi; it’s a racial outlier. Similarly, as we shall see, black people are 20 times more likely than everyone else to mention  soul food, whereas no foods are distinct for white people, unless you count  diet coke.

And the result:

I have never said “big fucking Lebowski” nor do I own a “Harley fucking Davidson” but I digress.

The education levels of their users frighten me. There are some stereotypes that are supported by these numbers, but the article is still an interesting read. Read on…