Are dating preferences wrong
At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced a new dating service, simply called "Dating," that will exist right within the social network's own app.It will allow Facebook users to create separate profiles from their main Facebook accounts to pursue romantic connections.I knew this because I would think things about health and weight–my own and others’–that were very clearly fatphobic.I did not acknowledge it, because everyone knows to be fatphobic is not.If only racist white people could be shown how they were racist–again, and again, and again–they would stop, the story goes. I have been told that I must think white people are stupid because I have such low expectations for them, but that is actually the opposite of the truth.I give white people far more credit than what my critics seem willing to give, because I come into conversations with the assumption that they are at least as aware of their own cognitive processes as I am.The two profiles won’t interact, meaning your Facebook friends won’t be able to see what your Dating profile says.And it should make dating app incumbents like Tinder and Bumble anxious.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many users are reluctant to share more personal information with the social network, especially intimate data related to romantic preferences.It’s hard not to immediately notice that Dating looks eerily similar to predominant existing dating apps, like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble.Which means that in one sense, Facebook is again looking for success through imitation.And the fact that people were engaging my “preferences” as if my way of thinking was valid enough to have to explain, slowly, over and over and over again, what I already knew, made not acknowledging my own fatphobia that much easier.
The scientific fact that whom and what you’re attracted to is political and influenced by society is indisputable, and putting it up for debate only encourages the same disingenuity I clung to for so long.
For example, if you're attending a concert, you'll be able to "unlock" your profile, so that potential matches who have said they're going to the same show can see it.