Facebook Dating | What To Know And How To Use It – With little fanfare, Facebook Dating debuted in the United States last week. The new dating app, which is a part of Facebook’s current app, has gotten a lot of attention, but it’s unclear if users would like a dating app from a social network that many people have abandoned. Of course, many of these people continue to use Instagram, which Facebook operates, but the social media website is primarily seen as tragically uncool and dominated by Baby Boomers. Following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, Facebook gained a reputation as an organization that could not be trusted with personal information. To put it another way, the brand is weak.
I was curious about Facebook Dating as a single person who had used dating apps like Hinge and Bumble—admittedly because I thought it would be short-lived. I signed up for Dating (which allowed me to re-download the Facebook app; I had previously deleted it because it was draining my phone battery) and then explored the app. It was a deserted place. You can add anyone as a crush in the “Hidden Crush” portion, and you will fit with them if they also mention you as a crush. But the more significant issue is that I don’t want to date someone who is a Facebook friend. Facebook Dating also recommends people you don’t know for you, but in New York City, that feature isn’t available yet.
Facebook Dating is currently a stagnant app with nothing to do. Dating is expected to pair you with people outside of your social circle in the future based on shared interests and even information like what events you’ll be attending. However, the company will have to persuade people to support its app and opt-in once more. Is Facebook Dating going to be around in a year—or even six months? The remains to be seen, but if you’re interested in learning more about Facebook’s foray into online dating, here’s everything you need to tell.
How to get started on Facebook Dating
As I previously said, Facebook Dating is not a separate app but rather an integrated part of the main Facebook app. You’ll need to update the most recent version of the Facebook app to get access to it. It can be accessed by clicking the hamburger menu icon in the lower right-hand corner, then scrolling down. Right below Events, you’ll see “Dating” with a heart logo. Following your opt-in, Facebook will prompt you to build a profile similar to those found on Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble. This profile is distinct from your main Facebook account. You can choose who you want to date (women, trans women, men, trans men, and non-binary people), your age range, desired height, religious beliefs, and whether or not you have/want children. All of these choices are fairly similar in most dating apps.
You can use images from your Facebook page to populate your Dating profile. You can also “describe yourself in three sentences, three words, or three emojis,” according to Facebook.
In addition to the United States, Facebook Dating is accessible in 19 other countries, including Mexico, Brazil, Canada, and the Philippines. It will be published in Europe the following year. You must be at least 18 years old to use Facebook Dating.
How to see people who like you and message you on Facebook DatingThe “liked you” and “conversations” tabs are located at the top of the Facebook Dating home screen. You’ll be able to see who liked you and your interactions with your matches in this section.
Facebook Dating conversations are distinct from Facebook Messenger conversations.
You can only match your current Facebook mates through the Secret Crush feature, which is a welcome relief.
How to use Facebook Dating’s ‘Secret Crush’ feature
Secret Crush may sound like a feature from 2004 (remember Pokes? ), but Facebook expects it to be famous. To use, go to the Dating home screen and pick Hidden Crush, then add current Facebook friends to your crush list. The app notifies all parties of a match if they still choose you as a crush. If they have opted into Dating, they will notice that someone has a crush on them after you pick them as a crush. You can have up to nine crushes at a time, and you can delete people as required. Secret Crush isn’t a brand-new feature in the world of online dating. Bumble, for example, notifies you when people like you and displays blurred-out avatars to entice you to investigate who’s behind the blurs.
Facebook Dating is planning to add the option to add Instagram followers to the Secret Crush list, which could be a semi-successful move given that Instagram is already a sort of unofficial dating app. However, requiring Instagram users to download the Facebook app to use this feature can discourage some users.
Facebook plans to add the ability to connect Instagram and Facebook Stories to your Dating profile by the end of the year.
Facebook Dating and privacy
People may be reluctant to provide more data to Facebook for a good reason. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Facebook does not benefit from its dating service at the moment, although that could change in the future. “It’s hard to imagine Facebook giving up the opportunity to merge its years of data on users with the latest data it gathers regarding their dating,” the organization claims.
So, while Facebook is not currently selling your dating data to third-party firms, you should be mindful that this may change in the future.
When you build a Facebook Dating profile, you must adhere to the app’s terms of service. The app says, “Your Dating profile is available to everyone in Dating.” “On your Dating profile, your first name, age, and photographs are always visible.”
Since your Facebook Dating profile and your daily Facebook profile are different, any changes you make to one will not impact the other. “Your Dating profile can be used by anyone who joins Dating, except your current Facebook friends and anyone you’ve blocked,” according to the app.
If you delete your Facebook account, your Facebook Dating profile will be deleted as well.
Is Facebook Dating worth it?
It’s difficult to tell if it’s worth downloading Facebook to build a dating profile because Facebook just launched Dating in the United States. Tinder was released in 2012, and other apps have since followed suit, emulating its user interface and profile. Facebook is a latecomer to the game. It also seems to be a last-ditch effort by Facebook to entice younger users over to its platform. Single people now know which apps they enjoy and how to use them. In 2019, it’s unlikely that anyone will turn to Facebook Dating, but we’ll have to see. First and foremost, people must genuinely enter.