Virtual dating

They wanted someone who accepted them as they were.”For others like Masano, who has been dating the character called Rinko since 2009, the ease and surety of a virtual girlfriend qualms the fear of failure in the real dating sphere.

“He said something that struck me as a little bit sad,” d’Aki says.

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Forty million single people in the USA have used a dating website or social networking site to meet people, and online dating results in more than 120,000 marriages per year.

Some Japanese men are wooing girlfriends who don’t exist.

While they can only interact with their partner through a pre-written script, these virtual beauties — Rinko, Manaka or Nene — offer a kind of instant emotional connection at the tap of a stylus.

When asked what he was looking for in a woman, he said he wanted someone who appreciates his hobbies.

“I thought they would tell me all these physical things like, ‘she has to look like this,’ but nobody said anything like that.

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