For $5 You Can Buy A Fake Facebook Girlfriend

Not a day goes by without discovering new obscure ways that people use the social media. Thursday, BBC runs the story on how you can hire someone to pretend to be your girlfriend on Facebook for up to a week. The spot market price of fake online girlfriends seems to be about 5 dollar at the moment. And it’s about to become a relatively big business as several international websites have been launched recently, providing this rather odd service.

“The whole relationship status thing on Facebook is taken quite seriously. It’s really quite official.”

Jo Hemmings

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This story seems to begin with a website that was launched in Brazil last month. It’s called “Namoro Fake,” and the site makes the following statement on its front page: “Who never thought of impressing your friends by showing up with a beautiful woman? With only a few clicks those issues can be easily solved.”

Actually, I have never thought of that!

But some obviously have. In fact, so many that similar sites are popping up all over the web.

“We received 85 000 emails in [the first] three weeks from people who wanted to learn more,” said co-founder, David Fuhriman, at the American web site “Cloud Girlfriend”

“Some would tell their stories, some would tell what they wanted in a girl, some were girls who wanted to be employed to update the status of the fake girlfriends. The response was surprising, sincere, enormous, and very international,” Fuhriman says.

Violation of Facebook Terms

offersBut “Cloud Girlfriend” was soon discovered by the Facebook attorneys who has been cracking down on fake profiles lately, and Mr. Fuhriman soon received some letters about their terms of service.

So, Mr. Fuhriman decided to back off and instead run an “anonymous” chat room service instead.

But a simple Google search quickly revealed many other sites offering online “girlfriend hire” – including one US-based website named Fiverr – a website which lists things people are willing to do for $5.

Some examples included “I will make a handmade greetings card for your loved one” and “I will record a video message in the style of Robert De Niro,” BBC reports.

Furthermore, a search for “fake girlfriend” produced reams of women (or men, pretending to be women) offering their services as a person with whom to have a make-believe relationship.

There were a few offers for fake boyfriends, but it is overwhelmingly women who offer the service, according to BBC.

A Big Deal

johemmings“The whole relationship status thing on Facebook is taken quite seriously. It’s really quite official. It’s the thing that people think about more than anything they post,” psychologist and relationship coach, Jo Hemmings, says.

Adding: “I think using a fake girlfriend is mainly to make an ex-partner jealous. To make them feel like you’ve moved on and have somebody else. You’re announcing to them – and the rest of the world – you’ve found somebody else.”

“But if you’re found out to have created this fake girlfriend, it’s a totally different scenario,” she points out.

“You’ve got a long way to fall if someone finds out its fake – it can be humiliating.”

Yeah…that, I can believe!

Have you noticed if any of your Facebook friends have got a new beautiful girlfriend lately?

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