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These options are Man, Woman, Trans-Woman, Trans-Man or Non-binary. Obviously, Facebook Dating is aiming to create an all-inclusive culture, which can only lift its number of users.
Next, Facebook Dating will urge you to answer up to 20 questions to help your potential matches paint a better picture of who you are. These questions include ‘what does your perfect day look like? and ‘dogs or cats? Something else?
Once your Facebook Dating profile has been set up, you will now be able to view other profiles. Facebook Dating works by suggesting to you people its algorithm feels you might like. With so much data on its users, the suggested singles may be really personalized and not so random.
The other way to view other singles is through ‘unlocking groups and events you are involved in or attending. You may then browse through other singles that you already have something in common with. This is fairly similar to one of Tinders recent features, Places, which launched a few months ago.
A very unique feature included within Facebook Dating is the fact that opening messages are sent based on an aspect within the users profile.
If you were wanting to spark a conversation you would need to select something from the persons profile to start the conversation on, whether an answer to a question, or a picture. This will encourage people to fill their profiles out with consideration and will eliminate non-personalized pickup lines.
After you select that you are interested in someone, their profile will disappear and you will only be able to view them again if and when they show interest in you as well. So no more hopelessly staring at your matchs profile waiting for a reply.
Lets say that you showed interest in a potential match, your profile would appear in their ‘Interested tab. If they did reply, your profile would then be moved over into the ‘Conversations tab where the two of you will be able to chat back and forth.
As of now, its unknown how Facebook Dating intends to use its user data to its advantage. It may be as simple as suggesting top you people who have similar interests, or it might even create a criterion of your “type” based on past relationships. The options are limitless.
How Is Facebook Dating Different From Tinder?
Besides some of the obvious differences in features we have just gone through, there are a few resounding differences between the two dating platforms. A difference that Facebook is putting in a lot of effort to emphasize, is that Facebook Dating is tailored to a more relationship-focused demographic.
Thats not to say Tinder users arent looking for relationships, as outlined in a recent article ‘What Are Women Really Looking For On Tinder but it looks like Facebook Dating has taken measures to create less of a hookup culture. This is obvious by the fact that there is no endless swiping, but more of a carefully considered approach to showing interest in others.
The other big difference is that as of yet, Facebook has no plans to monetize the feature. What that means is that there are no plans for paid subscriptions or add-on features. On top of that, Facebook swears to no ads being shown on the platform, keeping it strictly for finding meaningful connections.
You can also select your identified gender as well as your preference(s). As shown in the picture below, Facebook Dating is allowing for a lot more options than other current dating apps.