A quirky new service for those who desire to pay for a relationship, or simply want to feel loved, is now an option as of Jan. 20. It costs $24.99.
The service is called Invisible Boyfriend and it sounds just like it is. The app is available through an online beta platform and users can technically have a boyfriend, but frankly, we’re talking about one that’s non-physical.
The motive for this whole experience can be found on Invisible Boyfriend’s webpage, https://invisibleboyfriend.com/, which states that “Invisible Boyfriend gives you real-world and social proof that you’re in a relationship—even if you’re not—so you can get back to living life on your own terms.”
The website also pronounces that Invisible Boyfriend was created to “create credible, reasonable stories that you can bring home to curious mom, your buddies, and coworkers.” The ultimate goal of Invisible Boyfriend is to resemble a true relationship.
This app was created by a group of web developers, entrepreneurs and so-called romance experts.
The awesome part about this is that users can choose their boyfriend’s personality, interests, age, physical appearance and a story regarding the couple’s meeting.
One of the perks to having this boyfriend is that the user will receive 100 text messages in four weeks, which arrive randomly. It’s not many texts, considering that U.S. smartphone owners who are 18 to 24 years old send 2,022 texts per month, according to a statistic from Experian, a credit report website.
Besides text messages, the Invisible Boyfriend team has developed ways for the user to communicate with the boyfriend through phone calls and voicemails. An extra bonus for your money is a personal postcard/note.
When I heard about this service, I was fascinated. It reminded me of a website called www.cleverbot.com, where users type into the chat bar to a so-called “robot” who will type back momentarily, responding to what was just typed. The robot has the creepy ability to type back accurately to the topic because of conversations that are programmed in. It feels like an actual human behind the screen, but it’s not, as the website claims.
One can get satisfaction and a sense of companionship, which is one of the best parts of a relationship, from talking to someone online or through any kind of technology. Cleverbot responds in the way a regular human would, such as when you ask “How are you?” it responds, “Good, how are you?” Ask Cleverbot what his name is and he might say “RJ. What’s your name?,” which I can take from personal experience on the site.
Once, after asking Cleverbot the same question, it responded “Are you a vampire?” The conversations are sometimes very curious.
I suppose it’s a good thing that Invisible Boyfriend isn’t a robot—not quite. The app uses human voices. Though Invisible Boyfriend users can hear their lover, it’s not any different from having a fantasy relationship on virtual games, in which one can play for free.
I used to play a bunch of online virtual games where you can create a character and design them however you want to. Once such game was called www.habbohotel.com, which was like a giant chatroom but virtual, where there were many creative rooms built by the users. I don’t play it anymore, but remember the time when I made a friend who was a teenage boy and claimed to be my age. His name was Everett. We talked about our lives, though I didn’t give any dangerous personal information.
I didn’t have an actual online virtual relationship with this Everett guy; no way. I wasn’t one of those players who would take their character into the crowded guest rooms and sneak off into one of the bedrooms and roleplay. We did, however, develop a friendship that made me eager to keep logging onto the game to see if I had a message. At times, I kept thinking how cool it would be to meet him someday, though there was no way I would take the chance for safety reasons, obviously. Watch the MTV show Catfish and you’ll understand what I mean.
Technology-based relationships can be captivating and I can only assume that the amount of them are growing because technology is spreading. It’s easy to begin daydreaming about a person behind the screen, so perhaps the Invisible Boyfriend service is beneficial towards the ‘expanding of the imagination.’ But, it isn’t practical in the slightest. I don’t see any harm in it as long as the user doesn’t start to believe this is real and lie to their friends that it’s an relationship.
The Invisible Boyfriend team posted on the website that in the future, the service might “include gifts, personalized notes, flower deliveries, social media connections, and you name it. We get the sexting/naked pics question a lot, but there are currently no plans for offering these services at launch.”
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