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You’ll also get the odd comment from racists who just want to tell you how much they don’t like your skin.
One of the most telling incidents occured more than a year ago when a friend was using online dating site OKCupid.
A man messaged her, telling her how attractive he thought her “Latino tan” was.
When she pointed out that she was actually Indian, and naturally brown, he stopped replying immediately.
Any non-white person who has online dated will know that race always comes into it.
Even if you don’t explicitly mention it, your inbox will inevitably contain messages from people fetishising your colour.
It might have been down to a variety of reasons, but experience told her that it’s because he didn’t want to date an Indian girl - or, indeed, any girl who was radically different from himself. A new study by OKCupid suggests that such behaviour is more prevelant than ever.
The website looked at research from five years ago - which showed most people prefer to date within their own race - and compared it to current data. According to OKCupid, Asian and black men receive fewer messages than white men, while black women receive the fewest messages of all users.
She's an attractive, half-Chinese and half-Caucasian 24-year-old woman, who uses OKCupid.Last week, she received what, to me, is an explicitly racist message.