Although some people find long-term love on dating apps, there is a powerful current of discontent and exhaustion developed for years. Facebook’s edition doesn’t seem to add something new or expand on what’s already accessible.
Instead, it appears to be a ruse to get users to spend even more time on an app that is already a huge time sink.
Let us address your questions about how Facebook Dating works before you build a profile.
If my Facebook profile shows that I’m single, will I automatically be shopped around as a potential romantic partner based on Facebook’s People You May Know feature?
That’s not real, but it’s a scary thought! You must sign up for the service and build a separate dating profile. The company said in a statement that you would then be recommended to those who have also chosen to use Facebook to date.
You won’t be able to scroll through profiles like on Tinder or Bumble. According to the statement, people will be suggested as matches “based on your likes, interests, and other Facebook activities,” according to the statement. “To let someone know you’re interested in them, you can leave a message on their profile or press the Like button. You should ignore them if you aren’t interested.”
Users on Hinge don’t swipe left or right on profiles; instead, they can “like” people’s images or react to their conversation starters.
If I am to opt-in, will my Facebook friends see that I’m on the prowl?
Unlike other dating apps, where friends’ profiles are often found, the company claims that current Facebook friends will not appear as possible partners. This functionality, according to Wired magazine, could be beneficial to LGBTQ people who have not yet come out. Any mutual friends you have with someone will still be included in your dating profile.
Since Facebook is such a large social network, even a “private” function like Dating can not stay that way. People will undoubtedly take screenshots and share information among friends and acquaintances, as they would with any dating app. And it would be best if you still showed interest in the friends for whom you have feelings, even though you are reluctant to engage in a discussion about it.
I am a coward. Please elaborate.
Facebook Dating has a feature that seems to have been conceived by your 13-year-old middle-school nemesis. Secret Crush is the name of the game, and it works like this: You can choose up to nine Facebook friends or Instagram followers you’re interested in (yes, Facebook owns Instagram). If one or more of these people has also entered your name into Secret Crush, you’ll be notified that you’ve found a match.
It works in the same way as many other dating apps do, allowing two people to contact each other only after they’ve already expressed interest. However, it seems that playing this game with people you know is more difficult than playing it with strangers.
What should I put in my profile?
Hopefully, there will be more than sunglasses selfies, bathroom selfies, and party shots! You may also add Facebook Stories to your profile (images or videos that vanish after 24 hours).
You can also connect your Instagram images, just like Tinder and Bumble. In principle, linking a dating profile to Instagram gives potential matches a more detailed picture of a person’s life. On the other hand, strangers now have another platform to nudge anyone who has already rejected them. Tindstagramming, as a term, is both invasive and creepy.
This seems pretty similar to other dating apps. What’s different about it?
You’re getting the hang of it! Another function that appears to be new is users’ ability to share the information and location of their data with a third party, such as a friend if they want someone to know where they are and maybe check in on them later. Users must choose to use this feature and discretion of who they share their personal information with.
Will Facebook Dating keep love interests from ghosting me or otherwise treating me poorly?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. And that’s exactly the kind of dating upheaval we need.