Dating on Facebook: How to create your profile, use it and more
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(Pocket-lint) – Facebook has a free dating service called Facebook Dating, which is available in the US and UK, among other countries. It was launched in 2019 and has been gradually rolled out globally ever since.
Here’s everything you need to know about Facebook Dating, including how it works and what it offers.
What is Facebook Dating?
Facebook Dating is a dating service designed as a way for Facebook users to find meaningful relationships through things they have in common (i.e. similar interests and groups). It’s supposed to avoid the tedious creation of a separate dating profile, and even Instagram is integrated, so you can share Instagram posts directly to your dating profile and add Facebook friends and Instagram followers to crush lists. secrets.
Naturally, you may be skeptical about dating on Facebook. After all, finding a partner is very personal, even if it’s online. You must therefore register to use Facebook Dating. You’ll also have the option to report and block anyone, thus prohibiting people from sending you photos, videos, messages, etc.
Other key features:
- You can add your Instagram posts to your profile on Facebook Dating.
- You can sign up for events and groups to see people with similar interests, though, remember, you’ll be visible to them as well.
- You can share the details of a date – with your live location – through a friend on Facebook Messenger, so you can feel more secure when meeting.
- You can also add Facebook and Instagram Stories to your dating profile.
How does Facebook Dating work?
Configure your profile
Facebook Dating is on a tab in the main menu of the Facebook mobile app – tap the three lines in the top right corner to access it. Tap the Facebook Dating tab and choose to create a Dating profile (separate from your main profile).
You will be able to fill in personal information about yourself, such as your height, your religion, your function, your diplomas and your training, if you have children, etc. Facebook may also suggest photos and information from your Facebook profile, which you can edit or remove when creating your dating profile.
Remark : you must be 18 or older to use Facebook Dating.
Find a partner
During setup, Facebook Dating will ask you to specify your gender and the gender(s) of the people you want to meet on the service. You’ll see gender-inclusive options like cis woman, trans woman, cis man, trans man, and non-binary person, and you can choose whether you’re interested in everyone, women, men, trans women, or people. trans men. None of this information will be communicated to potential partners.
You will only be offered people who have chosen to sign up for Facebook Dating, and people will be suggested to you based on your preferences, interests, and “other things you do on Facebook.” You will see friends of friends and people who are not in your circle of friends.
Facebook Dating won’t match you with your Facebook friends unless you both add each other to your “secret crushes” lists. (More on this below).
Contact a partner
If you are interested in a person, you don’t need to mouse over. All you have to do is comment directly on his Facebook Dating profile or click the like button to let him know. If you’re not interested, you can move on.
All your activities will remain on Facebook Dating and will not be shared on Facebook.
What is a Secret Crush list?
Secret Crush lets you meet people you already know on Facebook and Instagram. You can select up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers to add to your Secret Crush list. (But, to add Instagram followers, you need to connect your Instagram account to Facebook Dating).
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These people will then receive a notification that someone has a crush on them. If your crush also adds you to their list of secret crushes, there is a match. However, if your crush isn’t on Facebook Dating, doesn’t create a secret crush list, or adds you to his list, he won’t know anything.
Where is Facebook Dating available?
Facebook Dating is now available in the US, UK and several other countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Uruguay and Vietnam.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Luke Baker.