Facebook offers a free dating service called Facebook Dating that is accessible in several nations, including the US and the UK. It began rolling out globally in 2019 and has done so ever since.
Here is all the information you require regarding Facebook Dating, including how it functions and what features it provides.
What is Facebook Dating?
Through shared interests, Facebook users can find meaningful relationships through the dating service Facebook Dating (i.e., similar interests and groups). Even Instagram is linked, so you can submit Instagram posts directly to your dating page and add both Facebook friends and Instagram followers to secret crush lists. It’s meant to eliminate the tediousness of maintaining a separate dating profile.
You could be skeptical of Facebook Dating, as is only natural. After all, even when done online, finding a companion is quite personal. So, in order to use Facebook Dating, you must opt in. Additionally, you’ll be able to report and ban anyone, preventing them from sending you messages, images, videos, and other content.
Other key features:
- You can add your Instagram posts to your profile on Facebook Dating.
- You can opt into Events and Groups to see people with similar interests, though, remember, you will also be visible to them.
- You can share details of the date – with your live location – via a friend on Facebook Messenger, to ensure you feel safer on a date.
- You can add Facebook and Instagram Stories to your dating profile, too.
How does Facebook Dating work?
Tap on the three lines in the upper right corner to access Facebook Dating, which is placed in a tab in the main menu of the Facebook mobile app. To create a dating profile, select the Facebook Dating option and agree to it (separate from your main profile).
You can provide information about yourself, including your height, religion, occupation, educational background, and whether or not you are a parent. When constructing your dating profile, Facebook may also offer images and information from your Facebook profile, which you can alter or remove.
Note: You must be 18 years or older to use Facebook Dating.
Finding a match
Facebook Dating will ask you for information about your gender and the gender(s) of the individuals you are interested in corresponding with during the setup process. You can choose if you’re interested in everyone, women, men, trans women, or trans men by selecting from options like cis woman, trans woman, cis man, trans man, and non-binary person. Potential matches won’t be given any of this information.
Only those who have chosen to use Facebook Dating will be recommended to you, and they will be based on your preferences, interests, and “other things you do on Facebook”. You’ll run into people outside your friend group as well as friends of friends.
Unless both of you add the other to your “Secret Crush” lists, Facebook Dating won’t match you with your Facebook friends. (More below on this.)
Contacting a match
No swiping is required to express your interest in someone; instead, you may comment on their Facebook dating profile directly or use the Like button. You can decline if you aren’t interested.
Your entire activity will be contained within Facebook Dating and not posted on Facebook.
What is a Secret Crush list?
You can match with people you already know on Facebook and Instagram using Secret Crush. A Secret Crush list might contain up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers. (However, you must link your Instagram account to Facebook Dating in order to gain Instagram followers.)
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The notification that someone has a crush on them will subsequently be sent to those persons. It’s a match if your crush also adds you to their list of Secret Crushes. They won’t be aware of anything, though, if your crush isn’t using Facebook Dating, doesn’t make a Secret Crush list, or doesn’t add you to it.
Where is Facebook Dating available?
The US, UK, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Uruguay, and Vietnam are now offering Facebook Dating.