Dating for the lonely men
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.
Even if there are plenty of fish in the sea, a lot of those fish kinda suck.
So when the stars align and by some miracle you find a guy you like, it's easy to get too excited too fast.
The rule is that you should never assume someone wants to be exclusive until you're actually exclusive.
When you're first getting to know someone who you instantly click with, there's a tendency to overinflate the parts of their personality you like and ignore the parts you don't.
“When you Google ‘Japan’ and ‘love’, you find all these articles about lonely people who never get married,” she says. I wanted to show the human aspect, the individual stories behind those who use these applications.”Her images reveal the secret lives of thirty-somethings who have accepted living alone instead of looking for love.
They share a common yearning for connection and found it on a touch screen.
It’s one of Japan’s biggest gaming phenomenons called Love Plus - available on the Nintendo portable consoles and the i Phone.“There is no friction in these relationships, obviously,” says Loulou d’Aki, a Swedish photographer who documented a number of Japanese players earlier this year.But there's a big danger in placing all your eggs in one basket.Sure, there are people who meet and instantly fall in love and are together forever, but that's more of an exception than a rule.You focus on the fact that he makes you laugh and not that he hasn't had a job in six months.
You tell all your friends how tall and protective he is and leave out the part about his anger issues.You can find free of charge lonely hearts adverts in a variety of categories like "he's looking for her" or "she's looking for him".