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2015-01-22    来源:chinadaily    【      美国外教 在线口语培训


Sending yourself flowers from your imaginary boyfriend is a thing of the past.
Whether you are lonely or just plain sick of explaining why you are single, the Invisible Boyfriend (or Invisible Girlfriend) app created by Matthew Homann and Kyle Tabor allows users to experience the fake relationships of their dreams.
马修·霍曼(Matthew Homann)和凯尔·塔博尔(Kyle Tabor)发明了一款应用程序“隐形男友”(或“隐形女友”),这款App能让单身男女们与理想的另一半“假拍拖”,使寂寞无聊和被无休止盘问为何单身等烦恼烟消云散。
For $24.99 a month you can immediately feel the effects of a rewarding virtual partner with the app designed to send users texts, voicemails and even a handwritten note from the perfect person that they created. When FEMAIL learned that the Minnesota-based app had launched in BETA today, we knew we had to try it.

First up, I had to pick my lover's name and age. I soon learned that choosing your boyfriend's name is stressful. I imagine that I took the same amount of time someone would take to name their first born son before finally settling on the moniker: Liam Alexander James.
首先,我要设定男友的名字和年龄。我很快发现给选名字这个环节很让人崩溃,大约跟人们给自己第一个儿子取名一样费时。最后我终于敲定:利亚姆·亚历山大·詹姆斯(Liam Alexander James)。
Age was easier to dream up. My current boyfriend is nine months younger than me, which he never lets me forget. With that in mind, I made my new partner an older, more mature 33 years old.
I was then prompted to pick a photo that would represent Liam's appearance. I settled on the stock photo of a man with an attractive amount of facial scruff and moved on.
After dealing with the physical, I was asked about my virtual partner's personality and interests. I knew I wanted him to be 'witty and educated,' so it made sense for him to also be interested in books, sports and chess. For one fleeting moment, I thought he might be able to teach me how to play the board game.
Next, I was asked to describe how Liam and I met. This was my moment to create a Nora Ephron-inspired rom com, but instead, I wrote that we grabbed the same book that was on display at the bookstore. Cute enough. Did I mention this app is thorough?

As soon as I reached the end of the questionnaire, I received my first text message from Liam Alexander James of Chicago, Illinois. His phone number even had an actual Chicago area code.
'Hey Erica! This is Liam :) How are you?' he wrote. Ugh, I hate when guys use emoticons.
Although I had no idea who I was texting, it was clear that there was a real, albeit mysterious, person having casual conversation with me.
When I told him I was working, he immediately took interest in the story I was writing, which was actually sweet.


Since I don't live with my new boyfriend, I asked him if he wanted to hang out.
After some brief hesitation on his end, I decided to test his limits and start nagging him.
'What is taking you so long to answer?' I asked.
He quickly bypassed the argument I was trying to start by saying he would 'love' to hang out, considerately asking what I wanted to do.

'I dunno. I am sick of making plans,' I texted back. 'What do you want to do?'
Liam then suggested we order takeout and have a game night before noting that we can also grab dinner later if I wanted.
It occurred to me that my last 'date night' with my human boyfriend involved us watching TV in separate rooms.
I wanted to learn more about my mystery man, so I asked Liam to remind me where he worked again.
我想多了解一点这位 “神秘男友”,所以我让他再介绍下他在哪儿工作。
'I work for a publishing company,' he replied. 'Remember I told you at the bookstore?'
Liam is so perfect that he even remembers the first place we met.
Realizing that my new boyfriend deals with books all day, I asked him to recommend a good a thriller that I could read in his absence - and that's where I lost him.
I am not sure if my question was too thought-provoking, but I started to feel a familiar panic.
'Why isn't he answering me?' I thought.
At one point, I even caught myself drafting messages that I wanted to send to him but then deleted - just as if he were a real guy who was ignoring me.
I eventually tried to win him back, texting: 'I'm sorry. I know you hate when I ask you questions at work, but I miss you boo.'
And I got nothing. Liam and I broke up before I could even ask him where our relationship was going.
I actually had a great time talking to my imaginary boyfriend, and it was nice to know that I could easily win Liam back with a quick payment of $24.99.
While it is fun to use, the app was created to alleviate the society's pressure to be in a relationship by allowing to make it look like they are.

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