I've finally seen it all. Have you heard of the Invisible Girlfriend app? For a monthly fee, you can create your own fictional virtual relationship…and it's enough to make Siri jealous.
This new service provides you with texts, phone calls, voicemails and will even give you a Facebook relationship with the invisible girlfriend of your dreams. Why might one need to create such a digital delusion? In an interview with Buzzfeed, Creator Matt Homann explained: "Our audience might come from a variety of situations: maybe they're in a same-sex relationship they're hiding from disapproving relatives, are trying to avoid the unwelcome advances from a coworker, or have chosen to focus on their work instead of romance." I would also add that it could be used to make an ex jealous or to cover up the fact that someone suffers from social anxiety and isn't able to get a girlfriend
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Here's how it works. First you choose a "girlfriend" from an online Rolodex of options. You can even customize "her" personality and decide how the two of you will interact. You then choose from one of three different packages: Just Talking, Getting Serious, and Almost Engaged. These options provide different levels of communication between you and your pretend partner, ranging from texting, voicemails to gifts, and live phone calls. Within minutes, you and your digital darling will have a cyber relationship so realistic you'll be able to convince all your friends that your single days are long gone.
I'm not going to lie. My first reaction to this was…"W-T-F. This is just crazy!" But when I really took a step back and thought about it, I realized it's actually quite clever. Imagine the socially awkward boy who doesn't have a girlfriend, or maybe has never had one. Think about the man whose parents are constantly nagging, "So Adam, are you ever going to get married?" This might not be a stepping-stone for a relationship, but it's certainly a way to cover up the shame or embarrassment of not having one. Still, like all technology, it can be used for good or for evil. Ladies, watch out for those spiteful men who might be using a service like Invisible Girlfriend (or Cloud Girlfriend, a similar service) to fake a relationship and make you (or another ex) jealous!
If you've seen the movie Her, even digital attachments can run deep for humans starving for an emotional connection. I'm sure it won't be long before I get that call to coach someone who is reeling from a breakup with his invisible girlfriend.
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