There’s no doubt that the internet has had a major impact on how we conduct our relationships. With social media platforms like Facebook just a swipe away, keeping contact with relatives and lovers on the other side of the globe has never been easier.
However, it has also opened up endless possibilities of having entirely virtual relationships with people you’ll never meet.
In fact, the prevalence of the Facebook girlfriend (and, less commonly, boyfriend) has been growing steadily over the past few years.
Although it may seem pretty weird, you could make some cash while at it.
We take a look:
- What is a Facebook girlfriend?
- How do you become a Facebook girlfriend?
- Other ways to offer online romance
- How much can you make?
Well, as the name suggests, a Facebook girlfriend is someone who conducts a relationship with a significant other entirely online.
However, unlike traditional online dating, the whole idea is to keep the relationship purely virtual, without the promise of ever meeting in person.
Also, it doesn’t necessarily need to be salacious. In fact, a lot of women making money as Facebook girlfriends have focused their business on providing emotional support services rather than sexual satisfaction.
And they have no problem attracting clients! Which is probably an indication of just how lonely the world we live in can be.
“My job is to provide my clients with all of the resources I have to offer. This could be help with emotional issues, personal problems, developing social skills, practice flirting, or just be a plain friend/girlfriend. I even post on my clients social media walls, if requested, for no extra charge,” a woman who calls herself Hayley recently shared on Reddit.
As with most businesses, your first step is to get all the groundwork laid before advertising your services.
In Hayley’s case, she created a number of social media profiles that aren’t connected to her name, which she uses to look for clients.
“When someone inquired about my service I send them a couple of photos of myself, my Snapchat, my interests, my bio, and my number,” she explains.
This also ensures that she is being completely transparent with her clients and that they know she’s a real woman and not some sort of bot created for phishing.
Hayley only connects with people online and makes it clear from the start that meeting in-person is absolutely impossible.
“I am paid by PayPal, and I charge just for phone calls, or chatting. Some of them have embarrassing thoughts or stuff they just want to get off their chest. While others are going through tough times,” she says.
While being a Facebook girlfriend is one way of going about this, there are a number of websites that have been created for the purpose of cultivating virtual relationships.
If you’re a natural flirt, you could be making some money by being one of MyGirlFund’s ‘sexy girls next door’.
The site is basically geared toward men who don’t have the time or confidence to have a real-life relationship. So, they turn to the internet instead to interact with women via text or video chat.
If you’re not entirely comfortable with appearing on video to a strange man, you can stick to texting. MyGirlFund is serious about girls setting their own boundaries and being in control of their own earning potential.
The site also strictly prohibits users from sharing personal information, which keeps things pretty safe and private.
Members buy credits worth $1 and spend it on whatever they’re looking for within the site’s rules. The ‘sexy girls next door’ receive 1 credit for every message reply you send to members.
If they take chats to “the next level”, as the website subtly puts it, they can charge the member they’re chatting to whatever they like.
The concept behind Invisible Girlfriend is for men (and women) to gain confidence in their real-life dating scenarios by practicing conversations online.
You can create your ideal girlfriend, customising their personality and even how you met. You can then interact with them via text message. And yes, they have real humans playing them on the other side!
The only difference here is that the real people playing the part change every five minutes.
Kashmir Hill from Splinter News signed up as a girlfriend, for the purpose of writing an article about her experience afterwards.
What she shared was truly fascinating!
“I’d get the story of how we met and the last 10 messages we’d exchanged. This setup is designed to create the illusion of continuity; ideally, an Invisible [Girlfriend]/Boyfriend would seem like a steady, stable presence in a user’s life, instead of what it really is: a rotating cast of men and women,” she explains.
The site basically has 3 major rules:
- always be upbeat in messages
- don’t break character.
- no sexting (photos are blocked on the service.)
According to Hill, the site does not pay very well, unfortunately, putting a premium of only 5c on each lovingly constructed text message.
Read more her whole story for a few more interesting insights.
In most cases, this really depends on how much effort you put into your role as a Facebook girlfriend.
From all three scenarios mentioned above, it’s clear that running your own business – the way Hayley does – is certainly the way to go if making money is your plan.
This is what she charges:
Daily: $15 (recommended if you just want to chat for a day)
Weekly: $40 (recommended for those who want to chat on and off)
Monthly: $130 (recommended for those want to chat consecutively)
She requires first time clients to pay upfront to ensure that she doesn’t lose out. All payments are made through PayPal.
Hayley also mentions that she juggles up to seven (but no more) clients at a time, which could make for a pretty solid income!
Would you ever consider being a Facebook girlfriend?