The Difference between Fake Girlfriends in the US and in Brazil

Contrary to Manti Te’o, apparently men in Brazil now have the opportunity to knowingly  have fake internet girlfriends:

[I]n this altered dating landscape, a Brazilian website has apparently identified a niche for potential profit.  What is their product? Fake Facebook girlfriends.

For $39.00 will create a Facebook girlfriend profile for you that includes comments and the all-important “relationship status” change for thirty days.  Or, for those on a budget, $19.00 will buy you a fake ex-girlfriend.

“Impress your friends,” says the website.  “Gain confidence with women.” Indeed those trading in virtual deception may find an ally in NamoroFake.

Joking aside, this does seem like a relatively sophomoric thing to do, but it certainly wouldn’t be the first or last time jilted ex-lovers try to get back at their ex-partners or that single men tried to keep up the appearances of dating.

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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