In the first three days I was on the site, I received five messages and the first few days you're on the site, you're supposed to receive the most messages because you're the fresh meat, the new face, but I wasn't getting that.And then over time I got a steady stream of one or two messages a day. People I knew that were on these sites were reporting deluges of messages and not being able to keep up with the messages they were getting, getting a lot of messages when they first logged into the site. Yes, I am a social scientist, so I like data to back up my assertions.So I took my profile down and then put it back up, but this time with Jessica's photos.So it was all the same information about you, but the only change was it was a white friend's photograph instead of yours?And my experience was different than the ones my friends and people I overheard at the coffee shops and bars were having. And I had a suspicion that my blackness was playing a role.I had a fellow Ph D student who was nice enough to let me do a photo shoot with her.
Merril, 49 - Wandsworth, London If you think meeting new people is difficult, try picking up the wrong golf ball .
But what she didn't know was how much it mattered in matters of the heart.
Roderique recently wrote about her experience Dating While Black and spoke to The 180 about why it left her wondering if online dating works for people of colour.
Describe what happened when you first tried online dating?
The first time I put up my profile I got a trickle of messages.