Opportunities to interact with the opposite sex can prove intimidating and frustrating; however, several websites and phone apps are available to let you create a virtual boyfriend. 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!
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.
Setting Up the Boyfriend
Setting up your virtual boyfriend is pretty easy, you send the company your email address and create a password, then you start setting up the specs for your digital sweetheart. Once you choose his name and age, you can browse several images to find the right look. With almost dozen different looks ranging is ethnicity, this is pretty easy.
However, if none of these work for you, you can upload an image. Next, you choose his personality, interests, where he lives, and how you met. After selecting your perfect fit, the site allows you to look everything over before finalizing your dreamboat and giving him your number so you can receive your first text. Your virtual boyfriend will text you almost immediately. Strangely, he's pretty charming.
Unlike most services, this isn't a computer generating generic conversations; this is an actual person. Well actually, it is several actual people that will respond to you at will. In addition to text messages, you can also get a personalized note if you upgrade from the $14.99 for 100 messages to the $24.99 membership with 200 messages and a note. If you run out of messages, you can also add more if your mother is asking you about your boyfriend and you need to prove he's "real." The app has been featured on Time, Buzz Feed, Business Insider and CNN.
My Virtual Boyfriend
This fun and interactive site has a universal application for the iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and Android devices. You start the game by entering your first name and rating yourself in categories like rebel and attentiveness. You then start choosing your man based on ten personality traits, like bad boy or funny, and three physical characteristics, like hair color and skin tone.
Creating Your Virtual Boyfriend
Once you've selected your preferences, the app will allow you to choose from several different avatars or create a custom guy. As over 100 male characters are available, you can choose features you like. After creating him, you'll start your first "date." Be prepared for him to speak gibberish like a sim.
My Virtual Boyfriend has over 20 levels of play with hundreds of different dating activities, giving you a variety of environments and situations in which to interact with your virtual boyfriend. With the 3D graphics and funny one-liners, this game is reviewed as being "equally fun and hilarious" by Techcrunch.com. This game is free, although paid upgrades are available.
An app available for both Android and Apple products, Boyfriend Plus is a fun, free app that allows you to chat with several different virtual guys.
Setting Up the App
Typically, these boys have gotten your number from a mystery friend Jemma. In the free version, you can chat with Brett or Andy, but you can pay to get access to several other men. The men all have different images that accompany their name and using the app is fairly simple. After downloading, you just enter your name and choose who you want to chat with. Brett was quite entertaining. In addition to text messages, they can also send you voice messages and pictures.
An interesting feature of this app is it also has a sexual chat and sometimes even admits it's a robot, according to Andrea Syrtash at Glamour. Reviews for this app, for the most part, are positive. On Google Play, the app has a solid 4.2 stars with over 4,000 reviews. On iTunes, Boyfriend Plus had a solid 4 stars with reviewers saying, "This is easily the most realistic and fun boyfriend simulator app."
Similar to My Virtual Boyfriend, Dream Boyfriend lets you progress through different levels with your perfect animé boyfriend.
Setting Up Your Dream Guy
After logging in and providing your name, you can choose your boyfriends name and body type. You can choose from three guys and eight different personalities. Then, you modify his skin tone and height. There are also different themes you can choose until he is quite literally the man of your dreams. The app is fun and the boys do have some awkward one-liners The lack of the strange sim language can add to the appeal, depending on your preferences. Additionally, this game allows you to earn bonus awards and show your man off on Twitter.
While this is more of a game than a boyfriend to show your mother, it does allow you to learn to connect with a person and has great feedback on iTunes with 4.5 stars and over 3,444 reviews. The ratings on Google Play are just as positive at 4.4 stars and reviewers saying, "The game is fantastic, the concept cute."
Simulator Virtual Boyfriend
Released in 2015 and available for free in both Apple and Android stores, Simulator Virtual Boyfriend is another chatting app.
In this app, you can talk to either Max, Jack or David. They have accompanying pictures and phone numbers. To get the app, download and open it - it's that simple. You will have several messages within a few minutes. Honestly, it can be kind of hard to keep up with them.
This app has over 4,000 total reviews on the Google Play store and a rating of 2.7. Reviewers tend to like this app because "it makes me feel like someone actually likes me" but several reviewers note the same questions may be asked repeatedly.
Once you've used the app to create your virtual boyfriend, you might be thinking now what. Well depending on what you created it for, use it. This can be a great way to understand what you are looking for in a guy or just a great fun activity you can do in your spare time. Here are just a few ways you might choose to use your virtual boyfriend.
- Practice dating: By chatting with your virtual companion, you can become more comfortable communicating with those you find attractive. It can also show you what you are looking for in a mate.
- Fun: Virtual boyfriends are commitment free, and you use them on your terms. Additionally, some of these apps allow you to dress them up, which just adds to the fun.
- Quiet family or friends: If you are tired of being set up, a virtual boyfriend might be the answer. Several of these services can mimic a real boyfriend and allow you to quiet well-meaning friends without the commitment of a real relationship, you might not be ready for.
- Curb loneliness: The dating world is fierce and maybe you just haven't found the right fit. In this instance, a virtual boyfriend is a great way to make you feel appreciated and loved in your time of need.
Just remember while virtual boyfriends are a fun, unique way to lure yourself into the dating waters, they aren't real. This is a character made based on your personal preferences, and while that can be perfect to show you what you need, there is such a thing as too perfect.
The Perfect Man
There are several apps and websites available that offer virtual boyfriends. Virtual programs offer flexibility, the freedom to change your mind as often as you want, not to mention they may get you off the hook with your mother. By playing these games, you can narrow down areas of relationships that are important to you, as well as improve your ability to connect with those you're attracted to. Why not give it a try?