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“Dating anyone new?”
“How’s the love life lookin’ these days?”
“You’re next up to have a baby… when is that going to be exactly?”
Sound familiar? Then you, my friend, must be a single person in your late 20’s-early 30’s*. We’ve all heard it at family parties and holidays. I get it – some of our older relatives were getting married at 18. But times have changed, so why are our relatives stalking our Facebook accounts for any sign of a love interest?
Enter “Invisible Boyfriend/Girlfriend” – a new app currently in beta that promises to get your nosy Aunt Nancy off your back by creating a believable partner that will text, call, and write you. You pick a photo, customize his or her personality, and even create a story of how you met. And apparently, it is actually a real person corresponding with you. Obviously, this person will not be showing up to family Thanksgiving. And you can’t really take pictures with them to make your new profile pic. But, for $24.99 a month, you get 100 texts, 10 voicemails, and one handwritten postcard from your non-existent love.
It may seem desperate and sketchy, yes. And that is pretty much how I feel about it. However, the company’s blog gives other reasons to use the app – “The service creates a safe space for you to practice texting with a real human if you’re out of practice. Sometimes it even inspires just enough jealousy to jolt that special person into committing.” I mean, I guess you can get your fake boyfriend to text you to make the dude you are actually dating jealous. Or you could, you know, not.
We shall see if this app gets off the ground. For now, I’m just going to stick with the standard excuses such as “I’m focusing on my career right now,” and let fate do its thing.
*Note: I am only 26, so as many would say, “I have plenty of time.” For the purpose of this blog post, I allude to being a few years older, and still single.
Posted by Erin D.