Some people aren't aware that Facebook dating is even a thing, but it has been a popular trend for singles for some time now. Thanks to Facebook groups and other feature upgrades, people can now connect with other singles looking for love right on their favorite social media platform with no dating site required. Of course, like anything, it comes with its own cautions and tips to keep in mind.
How does it work? Facebook allows you to create a separate profile just for dating, accessible from your own Facebook account. The profile can only be seen by others who have chosen to participate in the Dating feature. It's similar to other dating apps in that you'll match with users that have similar criteria and interests, and you won't be able to message anyone unless you both 'like' each other. So, is it worthwhile?
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of Facebook Dating.
Tip #1: Make Your Profile Stand Out
Like any dating site, you're one of many. You need to take the time to craft a profile that stands out and gets people's attention. Don't lie or make things up, but make sure that you make the most of the space that you have. Showcase your personality in your bio if you can, and don't be afraid to be different.
Tip #2: Choose an Eye-Catching Photo
Photos are a big part of the initial 'liking' process. If yours aren't that flattering, you're not going to get much in the way of results. Make sure that you have photos of your face that clearly show your features and that aren't just selfies. Don't post photos with exes, either, because that's just in poor taste. If all else fails, have someone help you take some new pictures before using anything you're unsure about.
Tip #3: Update Often
Keep your profile current. The last thing someone wants is to run across a profile that's six months old and hasn't been touched. Not only that, but you will be more likely to show up in the results if you update your profile regularly and are an active user of Facebook Dating. The caveat, of course, is to make sure that you're not overdoing it. Updating your status or profile every five minutes, for example, is going to get old, fast. Find the balance.
Tip #4: Join Groups
Groups are a great place to make connections on Facebook. Plus, there are all kinds of groups for all kinds of interests. Don't just 'join' them, either. Make sure that you are an active participant and that you use these groups to expand your circle of friends and potential dates. Get to know more people and see how far you can grow your circle, even if it's not all about dating. When you do participate in groups, you've got much better odds of making connections with potential romantic interests.
Tip #5: Don't Be Creepy
There are a lot of ways we could've gone with the last tip, but we feel like this one deserves a little attention. Regardless of what you do, who you connect with, and how closely connected you already are, don't be weird. If you match with a friend of a friend, don't expect that friend to set you up, vouch for you, etc. Just date them like you'd date anyone else and talk to them as if you're meeting them for the first time (because you are).
Be polite, positive, and friendly. If they're not interested, wish them well and let them go on their way. And even if you think they'd love to know that you only live three miles away, that's a little bit creepy for an opening line. Stick to the basics of getting to know each other and making sure that you connect.
There is a lot to gain if you use Facebook Dating appropriately. Keep these tips in mind and you'll have a much better chance of success with this and other dating apps. Dating on Facebook isn't for everyone, but it can be a great option for people who want something familiar.