I tried Facebook Dating so you don’t ever have to put yourself through it

I find it hard to not give a new dating app vibe a try. You really do just never know how they’re going to be. I’ve had them all, to varying success. Grindr is cursed but I enjoy the attention and, well, the nudes. Tinder is a glitchy mess but the majority of people looking for love are on it, so the talent pool is wide and there’s always someone to match with. I met my ex on Hinge, and think it’s actually got the perfected formula for a good dating app.

To do it, you head to the menu section on the Facebook app, and you should see a tab for Dating just under Memories on the right hand side. Once you click on that, you’ll be walked through the steps on how to get going. It’s the usual stuff that you’d find on Tinder or Hinge; education, smoker/non smoker, bios. It lets you do a mix of pictures and conversation starters, like Hinge. The gang’s all here.

The major one is that unlike Tinder, you can see who’s liked you. When you go on to Facebook Dating, there are three tabs: Profile, Liked You and Matches. On Liked You, you’ll get a number of your likes and then you can swipe exclusively through them in a Tinder-esque style.

FB Dating has a feature called Secret Crush. With this feature, it lets you add up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers as secret crushes. They’ll get a notification saying “someone’s added you as a secret crush in Dating”. If they also end up adding you as a secret crush on their Facebook Dating, you’ll match.

First of all, the lack of app means no notifications. At all. I matched with a few lads, but the conversation never went anywhere because it would take either of us days to reply when we remembered to check the Dating tab. It’s just not convenient having Dating shunted in this little tab on the main app, and I think it’d be a big improvement if it had its own app like Facebook Messenger does.

Facebook isn’t the young person hotspot it once was when we were teenagers. I can’t remember the last time I put a Facebook status up for any other purpose than to broadly inform family members and older acquaintances I know that perhaps don’t use Instagram or Twitter of anything important in my life. New jobs, moving cities. That kind of thing. Facebook isn’t really the scrolling haven of social media it was in its hey day. Not for people our age, anyway.

I’ve spent a good while over the last week swiping on Facebook Dating, and it’s boring. The people who use it blend into one. Everyone looks like they’ve never left the town they were born in. Every bio looks like it was written by a bot. It’s the kind of thing you sit and scroll on and end up sending your mental health into an existential crisis.

On several occasions, I’d go on Dating and see I had around 30 likes. I’d clear through them, excited to swipe and find my next fella, to be greeted with not a single person I’m interested in. Day after day. It’s tedious, and makes you sit there thinking why the hell have I even bothered to set this up?

Well, it’s come full circle. The app that used to be forced to link to all the dating sites has decided to stop being the middleman and created its own dating app.

Overall Facebook Dating Rating.
Category Score
Quality Matches 5.0/10.0
Features 7.0/10.0
Ease of Use 8.5/10.0
Support 2.5/10.0

Facebook Dating Review 2022 [Is the long-awaited app worth it?]

I tried Facebook Dating so you don’t ever have to put yourself through it

FB Dating has a feature called Secret Crush. With this feature, it lets you add up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers as secret crushes. They’ll get a notification saying “someone’s added you as a secret crush in Dating”. If they also end up adding you as a secret crush on their Facebook Dating, you’ll match.

To do it, you head to the menu section on the Facebook app, and you should see a tab for Dating just under Memories on the right hand side. Once you click on that, you’ll be walked through the steps on how to get going. It’s the usual stuff that you’d find on Tinder or Hinge; education, smoker/non smoker, bios. It lets you do a mix of pictures and conversation starters, like Hinge. The gang’s all here.

Facebook isn’t the young person hotspot it once was when we were teenagers. I can’t remember the last time I put a Facebook status up for any other purpose than to broadly inform family members and older acquaintances I know that perhaps don’t use Instagram or Twitter of anything important in my life. New jobs, moving cities. That kind of thing. Facebook isn’t really the scrolling haven of social media it was in its hey day. Not for people our age, anyway.

I find it hard to not give a new dating app vibe a try. You really do just never know how they’re going to be. I’ve had them all, to varying success. Grindr is cursed but I enjoy the attention and, well, the nudes. Tinder is a glitchy mess but the majority of people looking for love are on it, so the talent pool is wide and there’s always someone to match with. I met my ex on Hinge, and think it’s actually got the perfected formula for a good dating app.

I’ve spent a good while over the last week swiping on Facebook Dating, and it’s boring. The people who use it blend into one. Everyone looks like they’ve never left the town they were born in. Every bio looks like it was written by a bot. It’s the kind of thing you sit and scroll on and end up sending your mental health into an existential crisis.

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