So far, 2013’s biggest rising online business trend isn’t weird diet supplements or dating sites that match you based on your favourite old cartoons (although we’re beginning to think it might be a good idea). It’s fake online girlfriend services.
That’s right! For a bit of cash (sometimes in upwards of $750 a month) you can have an imaginary girlfriend that only exists online to be “In a Relationship” with you on Facebook! She’ll put convincing, relationship-ey messages on your Timeline to prove said existence, and will have all your friends asking where you met this special lady. Sometimes there’s even a real woman behind the online the persona, but you never get to meet her in the outside world.
Whether you blame the proliferation of social media that urges us to share every aspect of our personal lives online, or just the fact that now Mom, Dad and Grandma are on ‘The Facebook’ to see what the kids are up to, it seems that a growing number of men are turning to fictional female relationships as a way to dodge scrutiny and questions from others about why they’re still single. (Or to make their exes jealous. Classy guys. Real classy.) Or, as the website Fakegirlfriend.co puts it in their tagline “Because You Don’t Want to Look Lame.”
But the question must be asked: Why pay for something you can create yourself? (Just look at Manti Te’o and Ronaiah Tuiasosopo!)
We’ve decided to make a list of the pros and cons of purchasing of fake girlfriend.
- She won’t eve get jealous if other girls’ posts on your Timeline
- Your family and friends won’t ever have to see her skanky drunk photos after they ‘Friend’ her
- You never have to deal with her during “that time of the month”
-You never actually meet or touch said girlfriend
- You still feel pretty lonely and sad (and if you don’t, you should)
- For the same amount of money you could have taken a real girl out on a few dates and maybe splurged for some nice flowers