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While he believes that apps have become the primary way that people meet, he has a caveat to that.“I think they’ve become the primary way of seeking mates, but I don’t think they’ve become the primary way of actually getting a mate,” Alvear tells Georgia Voice.
“I think most people who have been in a relationship for the last year or so have probably have done it without the app.”Alvear says that the three most common complaints people have about the apps is lying (about anything—stats, appearance, what they’re into, what they’re looking for, etc.), ghosting (when you talk to somebody and they seem really interested, but then stop texting you out of the blue) and persistent texting.
“I’m not against anyone’s preferences, but if you’re looking for a date or a relationship you should be open to anything, because you see the same people looking for the same things and they’re still on the site.
“It’s like ‘I’m looking for friends,’ but you’re not really just looking for friends, or you’re looking for a relationship and it turns out you are in a relationship, or you say you’re versatile on your page but you really just like to bottom.”Body shaming and what some would call racism but others would call racial preference are other frequent parts of the dating app experience.“I see a lot of ‘no fats, no femmes,’ I see a lot of ‘no blacks,’ or ‘strictly blacks only.’ I’m African-American and even within our race, you see ‘only dark-skinned’ or ‘only light-skinned,’ he says.
“One, I want black nerds to have great online dating options but I also want to engage people’s changing perception of black nerds and geeks.” A new day for black nerds has arisen, ads York and he may be right.
According to a recent CNN article, black geeks have traded in their Urkel-style pocket protectors for a leader-of- the-free-world swagger with President Barack Obama as their new “nerd idle.” The former stigma attached to the words nerd and geek does seem to be a little less venomous these days and rings with a more positive tone.
There are more online dating apps for black men and women now than ever before, but the problem is they can often come with a hefty price tag.