Tired of being single in the eyes of your online peers? For just pennies a day, or the price of about a quarter of a cup of coffee, you can now have a fake girlfriend on your Facebook page. The message, from Cathy, reads:
“I’ll be your girlfriend on facebook for 10 days. I’m Cathy, a 23 year old student and I live in New York city. There’s a second option by the way: If you want a few messages (3 max.) on your profile to make somone jealous that’s also possible, just send me the message(s) and the facebook-link! byebye!x (I don’t! do any promotional stuff!)” Whatever that last part means is anyone’s guess.
Apparently this is a thing. Neatorama, where I found the link, points to cloudgirlfriend.com, a site that seems to allow you to create your own virtual girlfriend and that bears the tagline “The best way to get a girlfriend is to already have one.”
I have to admit it makes a certain amount of sense. Women do tend to go after taken men, as we assume there must be something wrong with single ones (and let’s be honest, there often is).
But Cathy? That business model kind of sucks. You’d have to have 100 customers to make $500 over ten days, which really isn’t good money. And it seems that if things were to reach a point where you were actually making a decent living, at some point, someone might notice that hundreds of dudes have the same girlfriend. It’s really a small world out there, despite what you’ve heard. Unless you’re going to set up different accounts for each boyfriend, and then the trouble would totally outweigh the benefits. Also, word will eventually get out that you get around and you will feel the need to explain that you were just faking it for money, essentially outing all your clients. Haven’t you seen Easy A? Watch it. It’s a good movie. But things do not go well for Emma Stone’s character until she realizes that pretending to have sex for money is no way to go through life. Get a job.
Or don’t. What do I care?
She’s actually probably got it all figured out and this is going to put her through school and buy a mansion. I suck at economics.