These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.
Fourteen years after Facebook’s launch, it’s finally coming.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the new dating feature is “not just for hook-ups” but to build “meaningful, long-term relationships”.
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Dating is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.
It is a form of courtship, consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others.
Facebook’s feature will be opt-in, meaning you have to choose to use it. The Facebook dating profile you’ll create will be separate from your regular Facebook profile.
It won’t suggest your friends as people you might want to date, even if your 500-plus “friends” include random acquaintances — or crushes.
Your dating profile won’t show up on your news feed or be visible to friends; it’s only for others using the dating service.
At least that’s the takeaway from a new dating feature the social networking giant is launching because, well, why not?
After all, Facebook already lets you “poke” people, whatever that means, and lets you broadcast your relationship status.
Zuckerberg said the dating feature was built with privacy and security in mind from the start.