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(WFLX) - Being single can be tough, but now there's a new service that'll make your friends think you're taken thanks to a text message.
There are many ways to describe your girlfriend: Beautiful, loving, smart -- but fake?
Now, you can carry on a non-existent relationship with the help of technology. Add a "fake girlfriends" number to your phone and text her whatever you'd like. She'll respond with a series of loving messages.
Every time you talk to her, she responds. It's unlimited, and you can tell your friends you've got a great new girl. "Thanks for the flowers it said," said one user. "That's pretty good."
This new text messaging service is gaining attention. The designers say the goal is to avoid embarrassment as a single guy. And as you can imagine, the reaction is split. "Yeah, I would say it's pretty lame," commented one girl.
"I think that's dumb," another added. "Get a real girlfriend."
Women hate it, but guys are more open to the idea. "I would definitely use it if I wasn't married."
"I just think it's an interesting idea," said therapist George James.
James helps people deal with their social anxieties and says being single in a group of taken friends can be tough. "There's like this stigma that it's wrong to be single," he said. "And so I can see how someone would like to have this service or this app because they don't want to be the one left out."
While he sees nothing wrong with using this for a short time, James says, the relationship can't last forever. "How long would you want to keep this up? After awhile, your friends are going to want to know when she is coming out."
Using a fake girlfriend won't cost you anything more than a text message for now. The maker says he's hoping to keel it free and is looking for ways to expand the service like possibly developing fake boyfriend for women.