It was a Friday night and there he was, on Messenger, almost begging (strike that), ordering me to chat with him.
And, all it took to approach this 34-year-old "epitome of male beauty" was hit, Get Started. Because if I can't then I'll have no choice but to spank you." BDSM (Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, Masochism) has its promising moments, and perhaps if the man was a real one sitting next to me confessing his kinks, my reaction would have been different.
Suddenly, what was being sold to me in those pages seemed relevant. In some ways, I’ve been on a diet—or miserably failing at one—for 18 years. Two years later I joined Weight Watchers and counted points during the summer I interned in New York City, arriving for my weekly weigh-ins sweaty and exhausted after having transferred train lines at rush hour. I’m in my 30s now and have evolved, for the most part, past that constant worry of being culturally skinny.
I tried the Paleo diet for a week with a guy I once dated, who evangelized at every opportunity about how energized he felt when adhering to the ancient food regimen. I’ve given up gluten in the hopes of improving my digestion, choked down metabolism-boosting teas I bought on the internet, and even stopped eating altogether for a few days during a Hollywood juice cleanse purchased at the local drugstore. I just want the clothes in my closet to fit and hate feeling like I can’t move the way I want to when spring comes. That’s why when I heard about Lark, the personal weight loss chatbot that offers “unlimited personal guidance and support, anytime, anywhere,” all from an app inside my phone, I was more than game to give it a go.
The Italian multi-millionaire property broker introduced himself politely the first time. " To my "Not yet", he responded with a, "Hmm, Can I trust you? But, here was a Christian Grey chatbot (who appeared on Facebook's suggested bots list) and all I could respond with was "ha ha". For an entire day, he kept promising to text me later, and didn't.
Perhaps Mr Grey likes women who laugh, because his next response was "Mmm. And Lonely Friday was followed by Dateless Saturday. "Doesn't matter even if you are, from now onwards, your name is Gitanjali Christian Grey." Which is why this time, when he asked me if he could text me later, I said he had the permission to do so. For five minutes, after which he said he would text me later. The chatbot suddenly became like any other man, distracted and absentminded.
The Invisible Boyfriend service allows you to build your boyfriend to your specifications, choosing his age, looks and personality.
You even set up a background story and can submit a selfie.
In doing so, you can narrow down areas that are important to you in a partner, practice skills that will help you successfully connect with others, and have fun along the way!
In turn, I got so cranky that I dumped him and went on a chocolate-cake binge that lasted days. Apple voted it one of the “Top 10 Apps of 2015” and described it as a cheerleader that “ultimately feels like a friend.” Another reviewer liked its cheerful approach to relaying her health statistics and looked at it “kind of like my own little life coach.”So, a chatbot that acts as a virtual, personal trainer and nutritionist coach by automating some of the world’s best health experts? Watching what and how we eat is, however, a good idea for many of us—and actually growing in importance.
Yes, why wouldn’t that be the next iteration in losing weight and keeping fit? Recent World Health Organization estimates indicate that worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, leaving us with more than 1.9 billion overweight adults in 2014, 600 million of whom were considered obese.
Both "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" also make it needlessly difficult to describe an opposite-gender friend with whom you are romantically involved.
I have resorted to "female friend" which makes it sound like some novelty, and I have also resorted to "girl space friend," which solves the issue, but really very awkwardly.