A good date, like a good doctor, is well organized, relaxed, and can help you forget about your broken toes. Enjoy the anesthetic power of romance with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a three-month membership to dating website HowAboutWe.com (a $54 value). The recipient of accolades from Time Out New York and the New York Times, HowAboutWe.com revolutionizes online courtship by providing members with a platform to propose an intriguing first date and then pair up with a like-minded potential mate. After providing tidbits of personal information, users receive a Daily Dates email with date proposals selected to match their profiles. Partakers can design both elaborate and simple rendezvous, from meeting for coffee or sampling sushi to conducting a couples séance in hopes of connecting with childhood pets. The traditional features of dating websites, such as online chatting, emailing, and profile cruising, are still available, but HowAboutWe.com puts the emphasis on stepping offline to encounter real-life camaraderie.
- We like that HowAboutWe is simple and creative. The old practices of online dating… were getting stale, and the site injects a new kind of life into the business. Also, the site itself is friendly, clean and attractive, which makes a big difference. – Brenna Ehrlich, Mashable
Most online dating sites focus on long-term compatibility between partners, running their hobbies, values, and goals through complex match algorithms. HowAboutWe.com takes a simpler approach, worrying a little more about a stellar first date. This model has earned the site’s co-founders, Aaron Schildkrout and Brian Schechter, nods in The New York Times, Gawker and GQ; it has also earned the site more than a million members.
For singles, the site’s primary feature is a huge remuda of creative date activities proposed by other singles, ranging from oyster tasting to heading to the park to toss around an oyster. Members can check their date partner’s profile, but the focus is on leaving the internet behind to go on creative, outside-the-box dates in the real world. The same goes for the couples’ branch of the site, stocked with creative new date ideas that help keep the magic alive.