Invisible Boyfriend

Let’s rewind to the annual love craze holiday. The month in which heart-shaped boxes flood every shopping center, only to be reminded that you have no one to celebrate this commercial insanity with. The interrogations take full force on that month and everyone wants to know why you “choose” to be alone.

Friends and family members all want to know why your good looks and great personality haven’t already enchanted more than one out there, because it’s that easy in the age of online dating when no one wants commitments. So there’s an app for everything, now your significant other can also be found in an app too!

I’m not talking Tinder, OKCupid or the numerous online dating services that are created for people to meet others. I’m talking an instant boyfriend without the dates, first impressions, and all that build up before you enter a relationship. This is an “Invisible Boyfriend,” or girlfriend whatever your preference may be. Subscribe, pay $25.00 and suddenly you have a boyfriend. Jared Ash was my boyfriend’s name.

“Invisible Boyfriend,” is a new app created earlier this year with the purpose of providing you with a credible long-distance boyfriend narrative. The app caters to your preferences. You can choose physical traits, personality, interests and it will even provide you with pictures to choose from that will allow you to imagine who’s on the other end of the phone. It’s not a robot who you’re speaking with, but a real life human being, ok maybe more like 6 people who are hired to respond to your texts.

Pay the $25.00 and you get 100 text messages a month, a story of how you two met, 1 voicemail, and a written note as well. It’s all one long story which you’re crafting as well. Your parents and friends can all feel more relieved when they know that you have finally found a boyfriend and the app is there to prove it.

I gave this app a chance. I subscribed, chose all the details that fit my personality and gave him a name. Instantly I received a text from my new boyfriend. He greeted me and after a few hours later I received another message that hinted a sense of humor. I was obviously not speaking to a robot, however the overall experience was very dry.

I understand that this app is meant to fool others not yourself, but the tricky part is to engage in a conversation with someone who you supposedly already know, but you don’t really know. I found it hard to commence a conversation when I truly couldn’t get into specific daily activities, aside from his job and general interests. So be creative right? Well, it was harder that I thought. Continuing a conversation was difficult. We would share our day’s experience and not have much to say because his answers were often very vague and general. He’d always respond with “my day was good” or “today was the usual.” If I was really trying to fool a friend or family member I would have not gotten very far with the lie.

It was a very disconnected relationship. I don’t know him and he never attempted to get to know me. I know it was just one big fake story, but the opportunity to actually create a narrative was there. I would not pay another month for this service, at least not for Jared.

This app, however is not too different from other relationships out there. Our innate desire to meet others and form relationships is often so strong that we delve into empty relationships. Outside pressure to meet someone is a huge contributor, but our dating experiences are not the same as it was for our parents. People wanted to settle and form a nuclear family which is not commonly the case now. Young people want to travel and be liberated. Women no longer want to start nurturing at a young age but rather are taking longer to begin that phase in their lives.

So we create apps to try and fill that void. At least based on my experience, I’d rather be single than to go back to Jared.