Facebook Dating App a game changer? Or data collection gimmick?

Since the early 2000’s online dating gradually began its explosion.

With the likes of sites owned by the Match Team such as OK Cupid and Tinder amongst others, many millennials began to get more into Online Dating.

Now, ages later, Facebook has decided to jump on the Online Dating bandwagon.

Some may say Facebook is late to the table and it may be challenging for Facebook to get a slice of the dating pie; but others may differ.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that approximately 200 million people have listed their statuses as single on Facebook. Who knows perhaps the guy has a point.

Let’s look at it this way.

On traditional dating sites, you would have to sign up and create an account where u get to add all the necessary information about yourself. From the information you provide, you are suggested potentially matches.

With Facebook, this changes. You see, while you have to input information such as the age group, height etc to find your potential matches; Facebook already knows a whole lot about you.

Now, if I said to you I have loads of Online Dating experience I would be lying. However, I know of many people who do.

There is one thing that keeps coming up. Everyone I know who has tried or uses Online Dating sites seem to have ran into people who lied relentlessly on their dating profiles.

But think of it, Facebook probably knows you better than you know yourself, so who better to suggest a potential lover?

Facebook knows what entertainment you like, possibly what you talk about with friends and so much more.

So when Zuckerberg said last May “this is going to be for building real long-term relationships – not just hookups,” he probably knew what he was talking about.

Guess what? Following Zuckerberg’s announcement of Facebook’s plans last year, it seemed that some investors took it to heart. On the same day, it was reported that stocks for the Match fell by 14% (namely from 36.71% to 22.09%).

Now this accordingly happened in one day even though stocks for this company reportedly went up by 145% for the period 2017/2018.

Now it’s a waiting game. Since Facebook Dating was launched on September 5, there has been mixed reactions.

Mostly people seem to feel that Facebook is one more dating app we do not need. While others seem to have concerns over Facebook’s use of the information it collects from us.

It’s no secret that Facebook has come under fire for privacy related issues over the years.

Critics have accused Facebook of using personal data from users of the platform to display advertising among others.

I have read articles where persons are saying Facebook will use this new dating feature as a way of collecting more data from us.

But really, they know how much some of us earn, our location, relationship status, jobs etc. I don’t believe there is much more information than can be derived from a dating feature.

Further, let’s face it. The Online Dating industry needed a shake up. Most of these dating sites reported haven’t seen properly user updates for years .

So is Facebook’s dating feature the one to change things? Do you believe Online Dating can possibly become more transparent? Or do you think all of this is just pointless? Have you tried it? If so, let me hear your thoughts in the comments.

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