Love in the Time of Algorithms

‘Invisible Boyfriend’ Helps You Expertly Fake Being In a Relationship

Haven't found The One? You can now pretend you have. (Getty)

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, countless singletons are no doubt gearing up to respond to that dreaded question from parents, grandparents and other nosy relatives: “So, are you seeing anyone?”

Instead of trying to justify your single status to your crotchety aunt, there’s also another option—downloading an Invisible Boyfriend or Girlfriend, which launched today from private to public beta.

Yep, we’re for real. The apps, founded by St. Louis’s Matthew Homann and Kyle Tabor, let users pay for “believable social proof” that they’re in a relationship. They generate everything from photos and meet-cutes to text messages and actual voicemails—all of them totally fake, but also totally realistic. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Swipe Right For Grandma: Stitch Is the New Tinder for the Elderly

Love at first sight <3 (Stitch.net)

First, you were teaching Grandpa how to Facebook. And now? He’s swiping left and right for romance.

Don’t worry, your grandfather isn’t going to show up in your Tinder feed. He’s off to find a “companion” on Stitch, a soon-to-be-released dating app designed for the over 50 crowd.

The brain child of Aussie Andrew Dowling, Stitch matches local seniors who are looking for “friends, marriage, and everything in between,” the website says. If it’s anything like Tinder, we expect these seniors are going to be a lot more than friends. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Newly Engaged Couple Proves Future Rom Coms Will Revolve Around Instagram ‘Likes’

Love without a filter...? (Photo: Instagram.com/denislafargue)

No longer considered a sad tool for the socially inept, online dating is more popular than ever. From Match.com to Tinder to the extra-perplexing LoveRoom, we’re all abandoning our hopes for romantic comedy meet-cutes in favor of finding our soul mates via impersonal electronic devices.

So it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that one pair of betrothed millennials met via Instagram. She posted a picture of some lake in Oregon, ABC News reports. He, a complete and total stranger, commented on it.  Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

If You Want to Win Your Girlfriend Back, Don’t Write Her an App Named ‘Shipoopi’

(Photo: Blogspot)

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means heartbroken people everywhere are hanging black trashbags on their windows in an attempt to mute the light, drinking screw-cap wine and binge watching The Notebook as a form of self-torture. But if you have a special someone that you’re aching to win back in time to celebrate this romantic holiday, might we suggest chocolate or a heartfelt letter as opposed to a horrifyingly web 2.0 alternative that only Fake Jeff Jarvis would approve of? Read More