Basically, someone took thousands of profiles from a dating site called OKCupid and separated them by gender and by race (what the people themselves classified their race to be). Then he analyzed all the parts about what the people like in order to find the top 50 things that people of that race and gender list as what they like. (It doesn't say, but I believe that these people are all in America).
Let's see what white women like v.s. what Indian women like. And which one am I closer to?
the red sox= Well, I'm from Boston and that's our team. I don't care about sports at all and would never mention it in an online dating profile, but if I'm going to root for any team it will be them.
jodi picoult= Yuk. I think her writing is terrible. I read one of her books and the plot had an enormous hole in it and was very disappointing.
boating= not interested
nascar= really, really not interested
mascara= it's useful sometimes, I guess. I already have very dark and thick eyelashes, so I don't worry about mascara much.
ireland= the land of my ancestors from one side of my family.
nicholas sparks= Yuk. Even worse writing than Picoult. Horrible, overblown romantic stuff
horseback riding= never done it
bonfires= never done it
flea markets= never been to one, though they sound fun
a country girl= not at all
nora ephron= I do like her writing and her movies. She did My Blue Heaven, which is fantastic
waitress= the profession or the movie? I've never been a waitress. The movie was okay
ray lamontagne= I don't know who this is
i'm blond= Nope, never have been
yankees= This is the team directly against my Red Sox team, so certainly not!
kenny chesney=heard of him, but never heard his music
getting dressed up= LOVE (hello, gorgeous sari)
skiing= I did it once when I was a kid, didn't care for it
when harry met sally= cute movie
baths= not really, although I like them better than showers
my red hair= I do like my red hair. Thanks to henna I am delighting in having orange hair in front.
horses= I like animals in general, horses are nothing special to me
summertime= Sure, summer is fine.
wine= I don't drink any alcohol
dmb= don't know what this is
historical fiction= I've enjoyed it when I've tried it, though I'm more into literary fiction and classics
cookbooks= love them
flip-flops= indifferent to them
my girlfriends= having friends is nice
the time traveler's wife= Amazing book and I highly recommend it
country music= don't care for it
diet coke= I hate soda
dirty dancing= good movie, nice love story
coffee= I also hate coffee
thunderstorms= I like rain more than I like thunderstorms
midwest= I drove through the midwest once
tim mcgraw= heard of him, never heard his music
new recipes= Yeah, new recipes are always good
patricia cornwell= heard of her, never read any of her books
mom= I like my mom
carrie underwood= heard of her, never heard her music
nursing school= I'm not a nurse, so never been
eat pray love= LOVE, we've all ready established that
yoga= I like it okay, but I've talked about that before too
pilates= good exercise
my toes= Um, weird. I am fond of my feet. I don't know why. They are very small and I think they are pretty.
animal lover= I do love animals
baking=I do love cooking, though baking is something I'm not great at.
I'm giving myself a generous 19 out of 50.
bhangra= love it. I love the music and I love the dancing, but I'm not so good at the dancing. I enjoy watching it, though. My college had an amazing bhangra team
the namesake= amazing book and very good movie, I highly recommend them both
shantarama= I haven't read it
thousand splendid suns= haven't read yet
residency= not a doctor, so I don't know about this one (see, right there you can tell I'm not an Indian, I've never even considered being a doctor)
the kite runner= it's on my list of books to read
jhumpa lahiri= Love. She is the author of the Namesake above. I've read all her work and I'm a huge fan.
interpreter= still only monolingual :(
indian food= love some of it. it is often too spicy for me, but I'm trying to build up my tolerance.
my passport= I'm fond of my passport, but I probably would not list it on a dating site.
my couch= I like my couch.
thai food= I really like pad thai, which I only just found out about this year. Haven't tried anything else.
slumdog millionaire= great movie
i heart a foodie= food is yummy
spices= like them
monsoon= never experienced one. Maybe it would cause me to change my mind about loving the rain?
wedding= LOVE weddings. I read about weddings a lot and really enjoy going to weddings and hearing about people's weddings.
bridget jones= love the movies, haven't read the books yet
frnds= Friends? I like them.
new yorker= shudder. No, I dislike New York.
my parents= Yup, I like them. Both of them.
neighborhoods= Sure, neighborhoods are nice
social justice= I believe in it
different cultures= Obviously :)
soca= I don't know what this means
when harry met sally= very enjoyable movie
be silly= Not so much. I get accused of being too serious a lot. I have a sense of humor, but it's kind of a subtle, wry, British sense of humor that I got from my dad (and I don't know where he got it, as he's from North Carolina).
norah jones= the couple songs of hers I've heard, I've liked
paradiso= I don't know what this is, but it sounds really familiar...is it a movie?
anna karenina= Haven't read it yet and I'm ashamed. My dad loves Russian authors and I've been meaning to read this one.
funny= see "be silly."
the alchemist= haven't read it, but it sounds good
dance floor= I do enjoy dancing, though I'm terrible at modern club dancing
my mom's= her house? It's fine.
exotic destinations= Sure.
the unbearable lightness of being= Love the title and have always meant to read it just for that
discovering new things= Yup. I love to learn and I'm always trying to learn new things all the time.
gandhi= I like him
dark chocolate= Yum.
jane austen= Love
coffee= Don't like
vivacious= Um, I don't know if anyone would call me this
great conversation= I like to think so, as long as you enjoy philosophical meandering
salman rushdie= I like his writing
god of small things= it's on my bed side table, but I haven't read it yet.
And for this one, I get 30 out of 50.
Hmmmm. In either category it looks like I'm not really the statistical norm. Although, I get 11 more points in Indian than in white.