Okay, I ran across this a couple of weeks ago, and I find it sort of fascinating.
This is not one of those fifteen umptillion copycat blogs of the original Stuff White People Like (of which, Jon Acuff’s Stuff Christians Like is probably my favorite.) This is where the online dating site, OK Cupid, did a massive data analysis of the profiles of their members to see what people of various ethnicities and genders actually say they like.
Oddly enough, Moleskines did not show up as a universal “like” for white people. Shocking, I know.
Also unfortunately, it reveals that I cannot possibly be a white female. Aside from Nora Ephron, coffee and yoga, the list for white women doesn’t contain much I actually like. In fact, the list for white males is a closer match to my likes, although not by a lot (“Van Halen,” “building things” and “Groundhog Day” being notable hits on the guys list).
Looking further down at some of the other lists, my love of Jesus, church, the Bible and Justin Timberlake indicates I may have some African-American tendencies.
But it’s really only when you get down to Asian women that I start seeing a preponderance of things I really like. Chocolates, Asian food, romantic comedy, sashimi, Jason Mraz, Food Network, trying new things, Malcolm Gladwell, badminton… really, about half the list.
I also have decided that my husband Chris is clearly a Latino, based on this statement:
The men have two other fascinating things going on: an interest in telling you about their sense of humor (i’m a funny guy, very funny, outgoing and funny, etc.) and an interest in industrial strength ass-kicking (mma, ufc, boxing, marines, etc.) Basically, if a Latin dude tells you a joke, you should laugh.
All kidding aside, I thought it was an interesting study. I don’t know how credible it is, but it was interesting seeing the things people actually consider important enough to their life to add to a dating profile. And considering the almost total lack of overlap between any of the male and any of the female profiles, it’s a miracle any of us ever manage to get along at all.