Facebook has officially launched Facebook Dating in the US. Facebook Dating has been available in various countries since 2018. But now, after a year of testing, Facebook is confident that Facebook Dating is ready for its debut in the US.
For the uninitiated, Facebook Dating shares some similarities with Hinge, the dating app for people who hate dating apps. Unlike Tinder, which is all about matching people based on looks, Facebook Dating suggests people who share similar interests with you.
How Facebook Dating Works
In a post on the Facebook Newsroom, Facebook explains how Dating works. To use Facebook Dating you’ll need to be 18 or older and have the most recent version of Facebook installed. Then, just open the Facebook Dating tab and create a profile.
You’ll be matched with people who share similar interests as you, but only those who have also opted in to using Facebook Dating. By default, Facebook Dating won’t match you with friends, but will match you with friends of friends.
If you’re in the US and 18+, you can sign up for a Facebook Dating profile today and match with people who have similar interests – or use Secret Crush to match with people you already know on Facebook and Instagram ? pic.twitter.com/QWHbhXHFq7
— Facebook (@facebook) September 5, 2019
If you want to get to know someone better you can either click the Like button or comment directly on their Facebook Dating profile. Facebook Dating profiles are kept separate from normal Facebook profiles to stop your family and friends spying on you.
You can (if you want to) use Facebook’s Secret Crush feature to potentially match with people you already know. Once you have opted in you can choose up to nine friends who you’re interested in. And if they’re also interested in you, you’ll both be notified.
Other Dating Apps Worth Trying
Facebook Dating is free to use and is now available in 20 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand, and the United States. Facebook has also promised that Dating will be launching in Europe in 2020.
There are already plenty of online dating sites and apps available, including Bumble, Tinder, Grindr, and OkCupid. And with young people generally steering clear of Facebook, here are the best free dating apps for teenagers and young adults.