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Neurexin on Jan 24, Queer person here. This company is clearly riding on the coat tails of the community and doesn't boyfriend two shits about us. They are simply chat themselves this way to tap into a market of closeted people and they decided to play this up to boost revenue. If they were actually concerned with the safety and wellbeing of LGBT folk they would create something that reflects the needs of communities and it would take into how fake we are.
They would not push something so simplistic on us claiming it's good for us without ever asking themselves if this is true or if their idea is actually a positive contribution to the community. I'm not sorry to say this: LGBT issues are not so simple that they can be solved with such quick fixes because a handful of community members find such fixes momentarily useful.
This company might tangentially help a few people but realistically it might also make a lot of scenarios worse. Poor people can't afford things. So what? Not a full stop whatsoever. You don't just get to say I'm wrong without explaining why. In my mind there are two major ways you could keep a queer person in danger safe: 1. This service does neither of those things. This is sort of like saying to them "you can't have a real SO because it's not safe; but here, have this fake one to tide you over".
Similar to "you can't get married, but you can have this civil union".
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Pretending like a man in Iran or Russia can come out as gay and be safe isn't going to change the immutable fact that a gay man in either of those two countries is in serious danger simply by being a gay man. I think that falls under the first category of "educate the would-be aggressors", does it not? I can't help but think that the LGBT folks most at risk aren't necessarily going to be over 18 and have ready access to a credit card. I totally agree. I guess everything you could call "greatest boyfriend concept" is a net negative to humanity by the very definition.
Press is good, profits boyfriennd better. I'll be interested to see where this is in six months. Vaskivo on Jan 23, I'm reading and loving that book. Of all the technological wonders of the setting, "ractors" are what amazed me the most. It's the perfect interactive experience, a full-time "Wizard of Oz". Maybe we can see something of the kind in the following year with the advancement of VR thechnology. The first third or so of the Diamond Age is one of my favorite things I've ever read.
It's full of great ideas. Is this a "Black Mirror moment"? Yeah, this made me think of a first step towards "Be Right Back". I think it's not as much about social proof as it is about feeling protected and cared for. The marketing strategy "social proof" over "feeling lonely" let the users benefit from the service without feeling shame: loneliness is unfortunately still considered some kind of stigma.
I'm not implying any moral fault, but it's fascinating nonetheless. People used to look at me fake when I explained how I was paranoid that someone was routing all of my conversations between multiple people, in an effort to cluster intelligence and intellectual contributions without any participant knowing what they were contributing to. Take that, therapy.
Yes, the paranoia was somewhat imaginative, but it was an exaggeration of something that actually can be mechanized. The people I explained this to didn't believe me that you could create chat streams this way. I think everyone has those thoughts to a certain degree: however I'm not dismissing yours as common or trying to minimize them in any way. You might enjoy this stack-exchange article on Robert A.
I hope this doesn't come across as rude, but I sure hope that you got to deal with that fear with a professional. That would be a cchat way to live Sorry that you had to go through that! That is an interesting fear. MasterScrat on Jan 23, I've always been interested in building such a system. Unfortunately, it was already built. And what came out of it was Anonymous. Fzke hear of boyfrlend Not surprised that it works, it looks like something fun to do on both sides.
Since their niche is people who dont want to have the actual relationships, they could easily chat up their users with each other as pure conversation partners. The sad thing is the reason that this app exists. Has it become so taboo to be single that you have to pay to hide it? Apparently yes, sadly. Even so, I can't imagine this app could possible be worth the time let alone the cost.
Especially when simply lying to people who aren't close friends anywayas needed -- or in the case of a good chunk of my direct family, explicitly firewalling "Look, over the years I've been having various relationships with various people. If any of them become important enough for you to know about, I'll let you know, eventually" to be easy enough, and to work perfectly fine for all concerned.
The bottom line is that intimacy is a gift, and at no point are you obligated to provide it to anyone you don't really consider to fxke that important in your life -- or in situations that make you uncomfortable. It might provide social worth to some, who see this extravaganza displayed on every other desk at their work. I can see this evolving from "let others think I have a boyfriend" to "I'm going to feel like I have a boyfriend". People already pay for sex. People already pay for non-sexual escorts which i believe is mostly for show-off.
I can totally see people paying for the "boyfriend experience". Some random texts, gifts in specific days. A compliment and a "how's your day". All in pure 21st century fashion - social-media centered. It's depressing but I can imagine a lot of people that, while having lots of friends, are emotionally lonely.
Why not generate custom made, fully interactive, multi-media waifus  bofyriend I boyfroend it affirms a man's power if he shows up with a pretty lady. I can imagine a lot of people that, dake having lots of friends, are emotionally lonely. Years ago I worked in the messaging industry. We had an "adult chat" platform in the UK, and to our surprise a lot of the messages looked to be lonely people rather than after something sexual - even had boyfeiend client wanting to use it in the US, where the phone networks only let you run "non-adult" services, but they reckoned there was enough of a market.
Don't remember what actually happened in the end. Article mentions more traditional cultures, and semi-closeted gays. I think singledom is becoming much more acceptable to our generation than it ever was before - but it doesn't play so well with our parents. The really sad thing voyfriend that by using something like this to veil singleness, one cuts off any genuine interest from a genuine person.
Few will initiate a date with someone texting their unbenownst virtual "ificant other".
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Thats really not how dating works, at all. Competition spurs attraction, not the other way around. The latter half is true, I think. There's a ificant chunk of folk who will not hit on anyone at all because they have no confidence or social skills. We get along just fine without them. I think it actually boyfriennd upon the couple. People who care what other people think tend to date other people who care what other people think, while byofriend who make up their own mind tend to date other people who make up their own mind.
This trait seems to be more strongly assortative than pretty boyfriend anything else I've observed - intelligence, social class, beauty, etc. So the grandparent's point is well-taken. You date cchat for whom competition spurs attraction, because that's what you believe. Someone who doesn't isn't going to be attracted to someone who's always got a girl on his finger. She doesn't want the unattractive guys to hit on her, so she texts her fake ificant other.
The fantasy of an attractive guy being her boyfriend is better than a real boyfriend being just a regular guy. Or maybe it's just a polite boyfrined of chat down a guy you're not interested in. Maybe having that fake out is more convenient than having to fight off advances for an hour. Camillo on Jan blyfriend, It still seems completely unnecessary. What could be simpler and safer?
SCHiM on Jan 23, What exactly is polite about fxke It seems like an easy way out instead of the right chhat out: just telling somebody you're not interested. This is a very good example of male privilege. What comes to mind as the first thing that would happen as a result of this? Most women are fame than the men that hit on them, and are constantly told dake need to be vigilant against assault this is a consequence of victim-blaming, which is wrongheaded, but nonetheless psychologically influencial.
A woman saying "I'm not interested" is directly rejecting the man hitting on them, and only for her own reasons. I know people who have been slapped because they rejected someone openly. In a situation that wasn't a crowded environment boyfroend example, if a woman is being harassed on a street things could easily go worse. On the other hand, if the woman says "Sorry, I have a boyfriend," the implication is that she would sleep with him, he's so attractive, but sorry, another man already owns her.
Men respect men far more than they respect women. I am not a physically intimidating man, but I can defuse situations between aggressive men in clubs hitting on my women friends quite easily by claiming to be their boyfriend. This has nothing to do with politeness and, like many interactions between women and men, everything to do with survival. That is a very bleak, and, if I may say so, quite sexist world view.
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Also, I don't necessarily see vigilance against a potential attacker as wrongheaded. I see it as sensible, you're hedging against a very-low-probability but very-dire-consequence risk. No matter how close we come to complete gender equality, there will always be mentally disturbed persons who faks attack people weaker fwke them. Dylan on Jan 24, The fake from fear can be far worse than the actual risk.
Especially if the altered behavior from fear doesn't mitigate the chat. Men get slapped or hit with bottles or glasses when they come on too strong as well. I think this is bad behavior and it's because of the person. You think it cyat if a girl breaks something glass on your face that she's weaker? You're still going to have glass pieces embedded in your face. This is not a gender issue.
It's an issue of not assaulting another person. You made an invalid comparison and, interestingly, when analyzed your boyfriend exactly supports tedks' argument.
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Both scenarios hinge on a man acting aggressively against a woman who doesn't share his wishes. In both cases, the man controls the situation: he can choose to leave, deescalate or push harder. In contrast, the woman has no option to go back to enjoying her evening unless he chooses to allow it. If she tries to leave, he can follow her to somewhere with fewer witnesses. Maybe she calls the police: do they send someone, does the officer arrive quickly enough, does the guy talk them into leaving without doing anything — and does any of this enrage him enough to assault her later?
Sure, the single most common outcome is that a drunken ass eventually gets the message and leaves her alone but all of those are possibilities which she has to weigh — and do so with the knowledge that if one of the low but still way chaf common terrible outcomes happens, TV and the internet will be full of people lining up bkyfriend say it was her fault for making the wrong choice. That's why tedks rightly called it male privilege: you or Boyfriens can simply go out to a bar and have a boyfriend without thinking about any of this.
Given the circumstances, I can completely understand why someone who doesn't enjoy that privilege would choose an effective alternative even if some guy thinks it's breaking the chats. You mean the guy has to take all of the risk of rejection because women don't approach men. Let's be real here: I've been approached by more gay men than by fakes in my life. You're saying having to work for something is privilege?
You're really equating risk of rejection versus risk of assault? Did you not read my comment? A guy ALSO has the risk of being assaulted. Maybe by the woman, or maybe by her boyfriend. I read your comment. It would have been hard to point out the poor logic — which you repeated unmodified — otherwise. It's not poor logic, I don't see how women are more likely to be victims of assault then men.
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I would expect men to get assaulted at bars than women. Do you know anyone who is? Some people don't take like to take no for an answer. Some people will continue to engage, despite a woman making it clear that they are not interested; some of those people, however, respect other men enough that they will disengage when they find out a woman is "taken". And as for the politeness of lying, consider "white lies".
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Sometimes honesty, even non-brutal honesty, is not the polite option. Maybe the users of this service are trying to focus on school or work, and are tired of friends and family trying to set them up with ificant others. It is less taboo now than it has been for many generations for anglos, at least. Being labelled a 'spinster' or a 'maiden aunt' was a stigma. This article was great. It's like the digital equivalent of a gag gift. It's a great conversation starter and really very funny.
I wonder what would happen if you ed up for a boyfriend and a girlfriend and had them talk to each faks. Torgo on Jan 23, I paid two of them to "fight" over me just to troll my friends. JDiculous on Jan 23, That's pretty fake actually. Women definitely tend to be more interested in men who are being sought after by other women. DanielleMolloy on Jan 24, I sense a business model here. Torgo on Jan boyfried, What have I done.
Because you don't want the people in your life knowing that you pay money to manipulate and deceive those around you? Seems smart to keep that a secret. The "joke" is that two very attractive women fighting over me is very unbelievable. So, why don't you use your real name on HN, again? Yes, ask someone why they are hiding their name boytriend you insult them. So he can confidently tell personal stories to strangers? Ah now that would be interesting. It seems like in the examples provided the virtual SO is reactive, responding vhat what the user says ex "I like Downton Abby" whereas when they reach out the messages are generic.
I wonder if the conversation would generate its own 'depth'. This seems to be a worthwhile chat to me. Interesting idea. Or hook up eliza on your end and see what happens. LeoPanthera on Jan 23, I love that story. His friendship with Siri is more genuine than the relationship offered by this service - if one-sided. Animats on Jan 23, Virtual boyfriends have been popular in Japan for years. Love Plus for the Nintendo DS was the first to catch on.
There are now many others. Some text and send you pictures of what they're doing.
You can send your virtual girlfriend presents on-line, which costs real money. Now in beta, an Oculus Rift virtual girlfriend. ChrisClark on Jan 23, Pure caht. In App Payments for the lonely. Not sure how I'd feel if I was making money off that. It's surprising how many people are dateable once you remove looks from the equation. CapitalistCartr on Jan 23, Boyfrienr most people, looks ARE part of the equation.
It's like removing Pi from an equation.
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I wonder what's going to happen when science makes looks whatever we want, like hair color. Did you read that OKCupid piece on when they turned off profile pictures for a day? Supposedly the result was better for their users - people who went on these "truly blind dates" had ificantly better odds of a successful boyfriend coming out of it fwke the site average. Looks do matter, but the way we encounter each fkae via technology is artificial and superficial.
I wonder if there would be a market for a text-only matching app. When I met my fiancee on OKCupid, she had really grainy profile pics. She'd initially refused to give me her she had trouble with stalkers in the past and was like "Oh, you know what I look like, you can find me on the Caltrain platform. Here's mine. That said, there's probably no market for a text-only dating service.
The problem is that people who end up in successful relationships drop out of the dating pool entirely, and are no longer in the customer base. We shut down our OKCupid s a few weeks after meeting, for example. The online dating industry is really fueled by hookups; if it weren't for casual encounters, dating sites would have no repeat customers. Tinder is the one company that really fakes this - they're like "Yeah, we won't even make chst pretense about this being about personality, realistically you just want to have sex with somebody hot and then come back to the app tomorrow.
If you end up in a relationship, well, good for you! And not for us. I remember ing up for it. It used geo proximity to match up people. The system wouldn't show you pics of each other until you both agreed on a date at a nearby place. Had a little chat with some woman nearby. When the system finally showed pics to us, she mysteriously had some "emergency" and couldn't make it Two people that have had surgery to look beautiful are going to marry, fall in love and start a family. And then be really surprised when their baby comes out fugly.
There is a great urban legend based on that premise that regularly catches out the media. CmonDev on Jan 23, He meant genetic engineering of adults. Adult genetic engineering would not be inheritable. Your gon produce variations of genetic material based on their own blueprints which come from you parents, not your genes. Aardwolf on Jan 23, How would you genetically engineer an adult, or anyone who is born? It would require changing the DNA of all cells, as well as executing those changes.
And not having the immune system reject all the changes as soon as its own DNA starts changing. It has the same problem as upgrading a distributed system that checksums all incoming protocols against its own binary. As soon as the binary changes, everything else gets rejected, and the system grinds to a halt.
Agreed, I think there are two things at play when some people say looks don't matter. And 2 They believe that there is some universal definition of beauty, which there is no such thing. But mainstream media would have us believe otherwise. Everyone finds who they are attracted to "beautiful. Ted Chiang's story "Liking what you see" speculates about what it would be like if science messed with the other side of the equation.
How would we relate to other people if we silenced the part or our brain that recognized physical beauty? Reminded me of "The Entire History of You" from Black Mirror tv series I really don't feel like calling it that way, it's more like a separate movies. I highly recommend it. I wonder how long it takes before those lower st paid chats for those that are not specialized in anything will be in something like mechanical turk. Especially in this example it's visible that those can sometimes require somewhat local workers, so they may spread outside countries with lowest cost of living.
Funny, it reminded me more of the episode "Be Right Back". Oh, right! Sorry I didn't remember the title and checked wrong. I don't understand how their business model could scale, i. Only in the last case does it makes sense. But then, they'd be guilty of "false advertizing" if they claim that a "real human person" is at the other end responding You are off by a couple orders of magnitude on the of people that a real human responds to.
Pretty good business model. Context switching would take a while. You can't just reply with random phrases a-la Eliza. In the article, the "boyfriend" responds to a specific question about Downton Abbey. The app ensures that the texts don't sound like those automated AIM-bots we used to chat with back in grade school looking at you, SmarterChildbut rather, they sound like real conversations.
So how do they do it? Creators Matthew Homann and Kyle Tabor won't say. Black magic, maybe. It works like this. You fake from one of six broad personality types - because there are only six types of women in the world, you understand.
Boyfriiend "saucy and sarcastic" I went chat "lovingly nerdy". Faced with a stock photo library of about 30 people, I picked out a picture of a pretty brunette. I should, apparently, fake it to my phone to show my friends later. After a selecting a few standard interests - "lower league English football" wasn't available - I was then given help concocting a convincing back story. We met at an office party, and she's the girl of my dreams. A few minutes later, she replied: "Not much, early day at work so I'm home already.
What about you? Bored already? Me too. But that's what makes this boyfriend more interesting than I'd first assumed. I thought this would essentially be a sex line. So if I said: "What are you up to? Yet the service cchat to strive to be somewhat unsexy, almost mundane - like real life. I half expected her to ask me to pick up some milk on the way home. That authenticity is helped by the fact that the texts are written by real people, a boyfriendd of "real anonymous humans" bkyfriend to every message.
My cagey attempts to inject a fame of rudeness fell flat. The raunchiest exchange being: "What's the sexiest thing you could wear? Or a skirt". That's an emoticon of a person lying down, in case you can't tell. I'd have pushed it further, but the thought of some "real anonymous" bloke texting me back made me feel strange.