Sometimes it feels like everything’s going by very slowly, and there aren’t always clear road signs. This is because, in Australia, there aren’t formal dating rules like in some cultures.
Australians aren’t big on rules – unless it’s Aussie Rules Football.
In a lot of cultures, the first or second date can mark the beginning a relationship.
But in Australia, you’ll probably find yourself doing a lot of ‘couply’ activities the relationship starts.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the new dating feature is “not just for hook-ups” but to build “meaningful, long-term relationships”.
That seems a direct swipe at Tinder, which is still best known for hooking people up with people they find attractive by showing their photo, age and first name.
This gives you some room to get to know each other before you make up your minds.
But if you’re feeling mature and confident enough to sit across the table with someone for an hour or more – go for it.
If you’d like to keep it casual, suggest getting a coffee somewhere you both probably know.
Otherwise, group dates and movies are an easy way to get to know someone without too much pressure.
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.
It’s a useful intermediary in a culture that stresses getting to know people first, and sending someone a friend request is a nice way of saying that you’d like to do just that.