Where do my suggested matches come from on Facebook Dating?

Facebook dating has come a long way in terms of helping individuals find love. With a platform reaching over 200million users, it’s no surprise one might wonder how Facebook dating chooses to bring your suggested matches.

Suggested Matches on Facebook Dating

Knowing where they come from can help you correctly find the people you find the right people for you.  In this article, we are going to discuss how Facebook dating suggests one’s matches.

What is Facebook dating?

Facebook dating is an online dating platform created by Mark Zuckerberg. It is a sub-section of the Normal Facebook app that millions of people use.

One way to get a date is by attending a function where Facebook dating specials are available. There you can meet potential lovers and friends.

If you are lucky though there’s a possibility you will get matched with someone you like, have conversations with them, and make plans to meet up. Don’t forget to take Facebook dating safety tips as you mingle.

Where do my suggested matches come from?

Many people use Facebook dating without even knowing how their matches are being chosen. Well, if you are one of those people interested in the mathematics of this action, then this article is specifically for you.

With every information being input to create your dating profile, Facebook dating takes and analyses them before giving you any suggested matches. They take your preferences for your partners, and then they develop an algorithm to help find potential matches for you. Some of the preferences include:

  • Height (whether you want them to be taller than you or not)
  • Race
  • Country, etc.

You can decide whether you want to go on with them or you can pass. If they like you though they can still like your profile.

They also take information from your normal Facebook and Facebook dating profile such as your:

  • Home town
  • The schools you’ve attended.

They also look at your interests, like:

  • The groups you’re on Facebook.
  • The pages you follow.
  • Events you’ve attended and the likes.

These include past and future events in which you might’ve attended or expressed interest. They take all this information and look for who is more compatible with you based on that.

If you happen to leave your “Friends of friends” option on, your suggested matches will probably include your “Friends of friends” on Facebook. None of your friends will ever be suggested to you by Facebook dating, only strangers.

If you turn off that option, your matches will not include the Facebook friends of your friends. It will become strictly people you have zero connections with.

How do I turn off friends of friends as suggested matches on Facebook?

If you wish to stop getting Friends of Friends as suggested matches for Facebook dating, there is a way to turn it off. It involves changing your privacy settings. To turn off Friends of friend’s suggested matches you need to:

  1. Open your Facebook app and click on the triple-barred icon on the top right corner.
  2. Click on Dating, it has a little red heart next to it.
  3. On the top right corner, you will see a settings icon. Click on it
  4. Click on General and scroll down to Privacy settings.
  5. Click on the switch icon next to Suggest friends of friends.

With this, you will only be able to get people you’ve no connection with as your matches.

How to change my Facebook preferences

If you are not satisfied with the matches, you get or you just want to narrow down your matches to people who have stronger preferences than you, then, you can also follow these steps to change it:

  1. Go to the triple-barred icon at the top of your Facebook app.
  2. Tap on the icon and then tap on dating with the heart next to it.
  3. On the top right tap on the “settings” icon.
  4. Below “ideal match” tap the section you want to edit and then make whatever changes you need to make.
  • Optional: tap on the switch icon next to “This is a strong preference”

This option helps Facebook dating evaluate who might be compatible with you. Although sometimes they may suggest someone outside your preferences.

  1. On the top right, tap on “save”.

Apart from that, it is also possible for you to look for matches in events and groups you are involved in.

How do I look for Facebook dating matches in events and groups?

As stated earlier, Facebook dating sometimes suggests matches for you based on events you have attended or will be interested in attending. But if you want to find those matches yourself there are ways to go about it. To look for suggested matches at events or groups:

  1. Go to your Facebook app and click on the triple-barred icon on the top right.
  2. Select dating with the red heart next to it.
  3. Scroll downwards and click on ” More to explore”.
  4. Click on either “Events in common” or “Groups in common”.

If it’s the first time you are going into ” Events in common” or “Groups in common”, you need to either choose all your groups or specify the ones you want. To change the which events or groups will be visible:

  • Go to your Facebook app and click on the triple-barred icon on the top right.
  • Click on dating with the red heart next to it.
  • Go to “Events in common” or “Groups in common” and select the one you want.
  • On the upper right, click on the “Settings” icon then select whichever group or event you want.

When suggested matches are turned on, others on Facebook dating in that group with you will see you as a suggested match from that group.

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