- Search results page emphasizes users’ own self-descriptions, not just basic info
- Search functions are easy to filter, adjust, and narrow down in detail
- 24-hour live chat with site staff for safety & technical issues
- Functionality is not geared toward upselling you bonus features
- Attached website of dating-related news, opinions, success stories, and advice
- Profiles do not have many in-your-own-words answers
- Some users game the system a bit with their profile settings, weakening the effectiveness of search filters
- Few unique features that other dating sites don’t have
Although much of the advertising and presentation emphasizes black-white pairings, the actual site includes options for various combinations and allows you to select multiple options. White, Black, Latino, Asian, & Any options are available in the lists for both you and your desired partner, and the sign-up page adds more options when asking for your ethnicity: Indian, Islander, Mixed/Multi, Native American, All, and Other (it even distinguished between black people of Western family lineage and black people of more recent African lineage).
The intro page emphasizes the site’s view that race doesn’t matter when looking for love, although it’s hard to escape the contrast between those words and the big button asking the user which race they’re looking for. But race and dating is always a complicated issue to navigate, and AfroRomance makes an effort to emphasize the value of connecting with other cultures and backgrounds rather than the physical essentializing that may motivate some interracial daters.
AfroRomance and other interracial dating sites are not the only option for those looking for an interracial relationship, of course. Most general-purpose dating sites have all types of people, and ethnicity-specific dating sites often include profiles of people of different backgrounds looking for a partner of the site’s predominant ethnicity.
But the racial dynamics of dating can description make people anxious, and AfroRomance offers a space where both parties know that there’s a good chance they’ll be the other person’s type. AfroRomance also allows users to search for or indicate interest in multiple ethnicities, making it a destination for people looking for new kinds of partners in general, not just people who like (or fetishize) a certain type. Users can also adjust the intensity of their racial interests by clicking either “preferred” or “exclusive” after selecting their desired ethnicity/ies.
Sign-Up & Login Process
Like most dating sites, AfroRomance offers a quick “jump in” option on the homepage where you can enter what type you’re looking for. This fast-track is faster on AfroRomance than most, though: as soon as you enter your desired gender & ethnicity you’re taken to the list of local profiles.
However, to see the full profiles you then have to move to the free account stage. The fairly short signup asks for:
- your gender
Once you’re in, you can browse around with our without a profile photo — without a photo you will remain invisible to the default search results list — and flesh out your profile page at your leisure.
Your profile page offers you a choice among preset multiple choices to a stack of basic specs, personal questions, behaviour descriptions (how you act at a party, spend your day off, etc) and relationship / life intentions (e.g. desire for kids, willingness to relocate). On any dating site, these pre-set options make getting started quicker but can be limiting at times since they force you to define yourself using a small set of common responses rather than your own words. But AfroRomance does help to reduce that limitation by allowing multiple answers to be clicked.