Can relationships forged in the fire of fake identities be just as successful as those we develop honestly? Does someone need to know the real you to love you? One new site called Cloud Girlfriend (www.cloudgirlfriend.com) is suggesting maybe not.
The New York Times recently ran an article (“I’m Not Real, But Neither Are You“) about a new trend in dating where people set up fake online profiles of themselves and in Second Life style, engage in fictitious relationships with other fake people on the interwebs. Yeah, that sounds like a recipe for dating disaster.
As if online dating isn’t complicated enough while riddled with small falsehoods about the other person’s personality, now all we need is a site where people are actively deceiving other people.
What do you think? Sarah Smith-Robbins, an Indiana University professor who specializes in social media and was quoted in the NY Times article, suggested cloud relationships may ultimately be no more at a disadvantage than the false selves we present out at nightclubs when dating.
I don’t know. I think she’s insane.
What’s your take? Are the 85,000 people who signed up before the site’s launch in April crazy? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts about this trend.