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Like other dating apps, you can also choose only to match with people who live nearby, have children, share the same religion, or fit into a specific age or height bracket.“We’re trying to connect people that are open to getting to know each other in the future,” says Nathan Sharp, a product manager at Facebook.

“It’s all about opting-in and making sure that people are really intentional.”As part of that mentality, Facebook Dating doesn’t have a right-or-left swiping mechanism.

That dependence may also make them vulnerable as the social giant enters their territory, which is a weakness some companies appear to have been preparing for.

In May, for example, Tinder said it was testing a new feature called Places, which allows users to match with people who like to hang out at the same spots, like bars, restaurants, or clubs.

The only information ported over is your age and first name; you will need to manually fill out additional required information including your verified location, gender, and the gender(s) of the people you’re interested in matching with.

But Facebook Dating will be able to hook into other features on the platform.

For example, you can choose to match with people who attend the same events or who are a part of the same Facebook groups.

WIRED got to preview an early version of the service, and it looks promising—especially for users looking for meaningful long-term relationships rather than hookups.

In other words, you can expect to find exactly zero swiping.

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