The site doesn’t say how many men have signed up, and an email requesting comment was not returned, but elsewhere on the site is a job posting offering $10 an hour to women willing to be fake girlfriends.
The company doesn’t have a comparable service for women looking for fake boyfriends. Which makes a person wonder — are guys really that desperate?
“I cannot think of a reason so urgent that someone would need to pay someone to pose as their girlfriend,” said Amy Kuenzli, a 34-year-old single woman from Stow, Ohio. “I honestly don’t understand the purpose of this, or what it’s meant to achieve. You still, at the end of the day, don’t have a girlfriend, right? So, you’ve Manti Te’o’d yourself into a corner where you have a ‘girlfriend’ no one will ever meet.”
After taking a look at the website, Cari Orris, a clinical counselor and relationship expert with a practice in Kent, Ohio, said she was struck by how the women were depicted in fantasy-type photos.
“They are not like real women who walk through my practice or who I see in the grocery store,” she said.
The whole concept, she added, is a fabrication — designed to attract men who think it’s fine to lie to the world. “It’s not a good quality to have,” she added.
Maintaining a good relationship takes work. Still, Orris said, most everyone wants to have somebody in their lives. And a fabricated mate isn’t the path to happiness.
“If you put the work into it, relationships are incredibly satisfying,” Orris said.
Nothing replaces hard work and honesty in a relationship. So what should a woman do if she learns a potential boyfriend bought a fake girlfriend?
“Any woman who comes across a man who she learns has done this kind of thing, I would probably encourage her … to run in the opposite direction.”