Want a girlfriend or boyfriend, but don’t want to put in the time or effort or actually have a living person in your life? We have an app for that! It is called Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend and it does exactly what the name seems to imply. It creates a virtual partner for you to share your life with.
How does it work—besides brilliantly? Well, after you download the gender-specific app, you pay the company money to send you messages and crowdsourced selfies. Then, you pretend these messages are from a real human and excuse yourself from real social interactions so that you can respond to your robotic lover. “Our inaugural service is $24.99 and includes 100 texts, 10 voicemails, and 1 handwritten note,” co-founder Kyle Tabor told Betabeat. “We’re looking to create both less and more expensive packages as we learn what our users need.”
I remember seeing the movie Her and thinking how lonely you would have to be to do that (and this is coming from a writer who lives and works alone). You knew the tech was close when watching the film. You just had no idea it was THIS close. Honestly, either did we. Still can’t decide if this is more sad than awesome, or more awesome than sad. Equal helpings of both, perhaps.