Dating can be a tricky and often frustrating experience for many people, but for Black women, it can be particularly challenging. BLK, the largest dating app made specifically for Black singles, recently conducted a survey to better understand the state of Black women and dating. The results of the survey shed new light on the experiences and perspectives of Black women when it comes to dating.

Here are some of the key findings from the survey, The New State of Black Women and Dating:

  • The top three self-descriptions used by Black women are funny, family-oriented, and intelligent.
  • The least desirable descriptors are ambitious, determined, and resourceful.
  • Good communication is the most valuable attribute in a relationship, followed by trust. When combined, these two factors account for 62% of what Black women consider to be important in a relationship.
  • Past experiences/relationships have the biggest influence on Black women daters (37%), followed by family (14%) and church/faith (12%).
  • Finding someone who shares their cultural experiences and values is the biggest challenge Black women face when dating, followed by finding a financially sound partner.
  • 80% of Black women daters are open to dating someone younger than them.
  • 23% of Black women are open to dating someone who is, or has been, sexually fluid. That number jumps to 44% when looking at the 18-24 age group.
  • 57% of Black women feel that they must work harder than women of other races to be seen as attractive in the dating scene.
  • 64% of Black women do not feel safe as a Black woman in America, and 56% do not feel safe on mainstream dating apps.
  • Of those who do not feel safe on mainstream dating apps, 60% say they feel safer on BLK.
  • The primary intention for Black women on dating apps is to find a long-term relationship (52%), and long-term relationships to marriage accounts for 78% of Black woman daters.

These findings provide valuable insights into the experiences and perspectives of Black women when it comes to dating. By understanding these experiences, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and supportive dating culture for everyone.

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