What better way to online date than on an app that already knows pretty much everything about you?
Okay, maybe that doesn’t sound like the best idea, but it would make for better online dating. If you’re still on Tinder, or have gotten tired of the app and deleted it, you should consider switching to Facebook Dating, the social network app’s newest feature that is currently being tested in Colombia. Whether you’re into dating apps or not, Facebook Dating actually looks promising enough to add to your rotation of dating apps.
Here are seven reasons why you should consider getting on board with Facebook Dating. And while they may never corner the casual dating find n fuck market, chances are the Facebook will be dominating the mainstream dating space very soon.
You won’t have to download another app
The great thing about Facebook Dating is that it’s integrated into the Facebook app itself but still has its separate features. We’re all picky with what takes up our phone space, and for some, a dating app isn’t worth it. Or maybe you already have enough and don’t really feel like trying out a new app, but with Facebook Dating, chances are you probably already have Facebook downloaded.
There’s no ads or paid subscription
The best things in life come free, and that’s what Facebook Dating is — free. You don’t have to pay to use Facebook, so it makes sense that you wouldn’t be charged for their dating service, considering they’re making it a part of their app. While most dating apps charge you extra for premium subscriptions and locked features, Facebook Dating won’t. At least for the time being, Facebook doesn’t plan on charging you a dime for their dating feature, and won’t place any ads throughout your use.
Make decisions based off more than a profile picture
I think that we can agree that at first glance, most dating profiles are superficial. Until you match and get to message them, you only seeing their best pictures of themselves and minor details about the complex person inside you could potentially date. On Facebook, you tell more about yourself than anywhere else. The goal of Facebook Dating is to make you consider the person behind the profile instead of impulsively swiping through everyone.
Ever stop messaging someone or unmatch with them, only to have a follow request from them on Instagram the next day? Or match with someone, they message you, and now you realize you’re actually not interested, and never respond to their message, and now they won’t leave you alone?
Facebook Dating wants to prevent that by making it impossible to follow up with people who don’t respond to you. That means you can finally ghost people in peace (ahh). Also, they’ve made it so that you can’t send pictures through your messages at first, so no one will try sliding in your messages with a dick pic asking if you like what you see (or no text at all).
You won’t be matched with people you wouldn’t want to
You never have to worry about someone you blocked on Facebook popping up in your matches. Or even your friends for that matter. If you’re concerned with everyone you’re friends with on Facebook finding your dating profile, that won’t happen. A big reason for why people stay away from dating apps is ’cause they don’t want their friends and families to find their profile.
On Facebook Dating, you’ll only receive matches from friends-of-friends or strangers (people you aren’t friends, or don’t have any mutual friends, with), because they assume you know if you’d want to date one of your Facebook friends or not. You also have a totally separate profile for Facebook Dating than your original Facebook account, and only people on Facebook Dating can see that you have one.
More accurate matches
The biggest indicator for a match on most dating apps is if you’re in the same location. But it’s not like you want to date just anyone in your area, and the whole reason you’re on a dating app in the first place is to check out people you don’t already know in your area. All the data Facebook collects on you will finally be put to good use — finding you a girlfriend/boyfriend!
Less cringey pick-up lines and first messages
When creating your profile, you can answer up to 20 personality questions, and when someone first messages you, they are supposed to pick one of your answers as a conversation-starter. If you decide you want to talk to them, you can respond and keep in contact with them, but if not, just don’t respond and their profile will be ridden from your messages. I personally think this is a better tool than swiping right to match with somebody based off their looks.