How far would you go to boost your profile? Illustration: Uttam Ghosh
Do you want to change your 'single' status on Facebook to 'in a relationship'? Well, a new service is here to help you.
A fake companion service, called 'Cloud Girlfriend', is being launched for the lonely hearts, reports News.com.au
The service promises users with empty Facebook walls the chance to make their friends jealous.
So, how does it work?
You just have to describe your dream girlfriend to the company, which then creates a fake profile and starts sending pokes your way.
The instructions on the 'Cloud Girlfriend' website read:
1: Define your perfect girlfriend.
2: We bring her into existence.
3: Connect and interact with her publicly on your favourite social network.
4: Enjoy a public long distance relationship with your perfect girl.
Digital media specialist Fi Bendall said the start-up represented some troubling aspects of online behaviour and blurred the line between fiction and reality.
"I think it's a pretty sad proposition to be honest," she told the website.
"I looked at it and I felt there was such a real sadness around it in terms of human loneliness. Who on earth would want to do this unless it was done for fun?" she added.
Bendall said 'Cloud Girlfriend' potentially put user information and privacy at risk.
"I think there are too many things that are wrong with it," she said.
"There are too many things from an ID protection point of view, a privacy point of view, using the net with best practice in terms of safety and online safety and security, helping young people to use it in a positive way and using social networking in a positive way. This opens the door to serious problems jumping up," she added.
Though the website has yet to officially launch, the service is already in high demand.