New App Helps You Fake A Relationship For $25
They say you can’t buy love, but for $25 a month, a new app called “Invisible Boyfriend” (or Invisible Girlfriend) allows users to simulate a “relationship” just in time for Valentine’s Day, BetaBeat reports.
Does it sound slightly desperate and deceptive? Definitely. But app founders Matthew Homann and Kyle Tabor say there are a host of other legitimate reasons, besides romantic hopelessness, that would attract people to purchase this app:
“Maybe our real world girlfriends are in a same-sex relationship and they’re hiding the truth from disapproving relatives. Or maybe Larry, a Class 3 clinger, is bothering you at work because you don’t have a better half. Or you’re too invested in work to pursue romance,” according to the Invisible Boyfriend homepage.
The app can also comfort men and women who are deployed overseas, the founders add, who might be longing for a girl back home. “An Invisible Boyfriend can help you manage real-world distractions.”
As for Homann, he created the app because he was getting sick of being asked, “So, are you dating anyone yet?”
“I was newly divorced and got tired of everyone asking if I was dating or seeing someone. There seems to be this romance culture in our country where people are looked down upon if they aren’t in a relationship,” he said.
So what does this fake ol’ boyfriend come with? According to BetaBeat, for 25 smackers per month, you get 100 texts, 10 voicemails, and one handwritten note. Your phantom man also comes with a nice stock of selfies, which come from volunteers who don’t mind submitting photos of themselves for the Invisible Boyfriend service. The app, according to Daily Mail, also allows you to choose your phony lover’s age, location, looks, interests — and even his backstory of how he “met” you.
Now the man behind the curtain isn’t a robot or some kind of automated reading software. It’s a real life human: “Invisible Boyfriend has partnered with companies that allow them to scale its workforce to respond to incoming text messages,” Time wrote.
So is it worth the $25? Caitlin Dewey, a Washington Post writer, certainly thinks so: “I think I might be love,” she wrote. “Presumably I shouldn’t have felt anything at all — the no-attachment thing is basically codified in Invisible Boyfriend’s Terms of Service — but I did feel something, nonetheless.”
Would you purchase an Invisible Boyfriend?