App charges £17 a month to pretend to be your partner

Apps like Tinder might help bring people together, but what if you want the pretence of a relationship without actually being in one? Seriously, there’s an app for that.

Two in fact. They’re called Invisible Boyfriend and Invisible Girlfriend, and they take the role of your make believe partner. For $25 (£17) a month, you can get 100 text messages, 10 voicemails and a postcard from your fictional better half.

It sounds like a joke, but it’s real.

What’s even sadder is you can design your own partner, picking a photo, name, age, and create his or her personality. You can make up how you met as well.

After divorcing, co-founder Matt Homann was fed up of feeling pressured to start another relationship. He thought others would feel the same, and so the idea was born.

“Society puts so much pressure on your relationship status,” the website reads. “From grandma to coworkers to romantic comedies, everyone seems to expect us to pursue a relationship. But sometimes you don’t want to be in one. We think that’s totally normal.”

Fair enough. So why not just do what you want and not listen to anyone who puts pressure on you?

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The app claims it can help with relationships too. “The service creates a safe space for you to practice texting with a real human if you’re out of practice. Sometime it even inspires just enough jealousy to jolt that special person into committing.”

If you’re that worried about what people think, maybe it’s the app for you. But tricking someone into going out with you because they’re jealous of a fictional person? Doesn’t sound healthy.

The apps are in beta at the moment, with no word on when they’ll launch.

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