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The latest in online dating? Ideas instead of posed profiles

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Sure, Amir seemed great in his online dating profile: a dentist and recreational snowboarder with adorable, non-ironic facial hair, but he was a total bore on that first dinner date. (Really? Red Lobster?)

Anyone who's registered with a dating site can tell you how often those matches who seem so promising online end up being duds IRL (in real life).

The folks behind HowAboutWe, a newly-launched dating service profiled by Mashable have designed a solution to that problem: forget about those vanity profile pictures shot in front of the mirror or those contrived lists of favourite activities, users choose their matches based on the dates they propose.

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The site is of the same vein as Alikewise, where you can look for matches based on book tastes.

One 32-year-old male Torontonian and user of HowAboutWe offers: How about we... pretend we're tourists in our own city and go see the sights we've been meaning to...but haven't yet.

A 25-year-old woman from Montreal suggests: How about we... go skiing for a day and learn to know each other on the lift

The site is searchable to boot, which means you'll probably be able to find someone who enjoys even the most obscure activities. Before you give up hope that there's someone out there who shares your love of fried, meat-stuffed buns, consider this 26-year-old woman in San Francisco:

How about we... pick up some pirozhki and crash a course on Russian language.

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Dakshana Bascaramurty is a national news reporter who writes about race and ethnicity. She won a 2013 National Newspaper Award in beat reporting for her coverage of changing demographics in the 905 region. Previously, she was a feature writer for Globe Life. More

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