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Chinese men and women are paying virtual girlfriends / boyfriends to listen to them complain about work

14 Sep

Incredible.

They say money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy empathy in China. Lonely businessmen are actually paying women up to $5 a day, just for a few kind words and a bit of understanding. A similar service is available for women as well.

Many young men and women are making quick money by offering the service through Taobao – China’s leading e-commerce website. They call themselves ‘virtual girlfriends/boyfriends’, and they’re willing to listen to their clients complaining about a tough day at work.

Male clients have a range of virtual girlfriend personalities to choose from, including ‘doll-like girls’, ‘mature women’, and ‘the girl next door’. For women, the choices include ‘men in uniform’, ‘CEO’, ‘handsome men’ and ‘comforting men’.

They say money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy empathy in China. Lonely businessmen are actually paying women up to $5 a day, just for a few kind words and a bit of understanding. A similar service is available for women as well.

Many young men and women are making quick money by offering the service through Taobao – China’s leading e-commerce website. They call themselves ‘virtual girlfriends/boyfriends’, and they’re willing to listen to their clients complaining about a tough day at work.

Male clients have a range of virtual girlfriend personalities to choose from, including ‘doll-like girls’, ‘mature women’, and ‘the girl next door’. For women, the choices include ‘men in uniform’, ‘CEO’, ‘handsome men’ and ‘comforting men’.

Once you choose a virtual girlfriend or boyfriend, their services could cost you anywhere between 20 and 30 yuan ($3 to $5), depending on what you want them to do. They could give you wake-up calls in the morning, say good night at bedtime, feign concern at various times during the day, and send encouraging text messages.

Xiaomi, a businesswoman in her early 20s, decided to become a virtual girlfriend to boost the number of visitors to her Taobao store. It isn’t easy an easy job – she needs to keep track of her phone at all times, making sure she calls and replies to her customers on time.

But all the hard work has paid off – her site’s sales have increased, with daily transactions growing from 7 or 8 calls to over 500. She has even hired seven female part-time employees to help her out with the growing demand for mobile girlfriends.

We’re not sure how women are responding to the service, but the men seem to love it. “You just spend 20 to 30 yuan a day to make a single man’s dream come true! 100 likes!” said an enthusiastic client. Another guy said that he’s had a few humorous mobile girlfriends, which helped him relax and relieve stress.

Reports suggest that most men place their orders in the evening. According to Zhang Xiaoli, head of the China Association of Mental Health, most customers are probably just curious about the service. It’s also likely that people who are bored or lacking in social skills might want to engage a mobile friend.

How utterly odd. And sad; instead of meeting people of the opposite sex who feign interest and sympathy for money, like a whore, they could instead meet each other, go for a coffee or beer or whatever beverages Chinese like to drink socially, and do what single guys and single gals do in the West – bitch amongst friends of the same sex. Chances are they’d find REAL sympathy and understanding, and even some encouragement.

Or, get over their shyness, and pair off with someone of the opposite sex…

One wonders how small a percentage of Chinese society this must be. After all, given how big China is in population, on the surface, it certainly doesn’t seem like that many Chinese folk have problems meeting people of the opposite sex to date and marry – and to whom be able to bitch about work. 😉

But there are always outliers, even in the world’s largest country…

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11 responses to “Chinese men and women are paying virtual girlfriends / boyfriends to listen to them complain about work

  1. Ras Al Ghul

    September 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

    You’ve got a huge gender imbalance over there though, millions more young men than women at this point

     
  2. Will S.

    September 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Good point. I suppose that accounts for it…

     
  3. Ras Al Ghul

    September 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Not sure if it does entirely. Modern society, and china is becoming more modern, alienates people from each other, and specifically men and women from each other. You see it in Japan, women pay men millions each year to act like a caring beta and listen to them.

    Men and women are very different from each other and have very little in common. I read a research recently remark that there are “two distinct human natures.” Larry Niven once pointed out that without sex and raising children men and women have nothing to bind them to each other and that is the fundamental problem.

    Until relatively recently in human history women had children, Nordic women had 7 in their life time, nursed them, most of the children died, and a little over 2 made it to adulthood. even two hundred years ago, the optimal number of children was 4 to insure one was around to care for you in your old age and that was the average number of children people had.

    It was enough to allow the tribe to slowly expand. Men worked and worked hard to support the woman and the children.

    Now women have around 2 children, they don’t need to have 7 and the idea that women should be popping out children all the time is based on the old model.

    It may be more stable, but it isn’t realistic and so what do you have left?

    You have women that have a vastly different way of looking at the world, that was totally appropriate when you had a high birth rate and high child mortality rate, now placed in a different setting that they are not at all adapted for.

    Their innate selfishness and drive to maximize the resources toward themselves and by extension their children secondarily was a necessity for the human race to survive.

    Until now.

    Now it is a beast that cannot be fed consuming everything.

    And while male productivity is good for civilization, it still needs incentive. It used to be survival, and survival of his family.

    Now he doesn’t have that and you get the ennui of the gamers and hipster and good knows what else.

    In order to break the continual cycle of civilization progress, decline and collapse, you’re going to have to organize a society in a way that accounts for female and male basic human nature and directs it in the least destructive way.

    That used to be marriage, but I don’t think that model is good enough for a modern technological society, might not have ever been good enough because it has never been able to stop the cycle, it didn’t with Rome (and they started with hard patriarchy)

     
  4. Will S.

    September 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Good points.

    I suppose I had thought the East somewhat more immune to this, but I suppose the more they modernize economically, the more they modernize culturally, too, alas…

     
  5. Will S.

    September 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I should have known better, because even in the Muslim world, we are beginning to see this:

    https://patriactionary.wordpress.com/?s=iran

    https://patriactionary.wordpress.com/?s=saudi

    If they can’t withstand such trends, no reason to think Asians can, either…

     
  6. Bob Wallace

    September 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    It doesn’t help that the Chinese has historically aborted females or “exposed to the elements” female babies.

     
  7. Eric

    September 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    We should start a service introducing Chinese men to American women. Then the Chinese guys wouldn’t feel so bad about their own problems! lol

     
  8. Will S.

    September 14, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Ha! 🙂

     
  9. Will S.

    September 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    @ Bob: Indeed, and no doubt that accounts for the sex ratio imbalance, of more males than females.

     

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