After telling the group they were trying to learn Chinese, the return volley of validation congratulated them on their learning potential and future prospects for linguistic mastery. And that's nice, I guess, even if it does sound like the compliment you'd receive before you discover that your stepdad is an alien. As for why it's happening, it may be an attempt to stop the metric ton of vitriol that exists on social media all the time, which makes it sort of noble, but absolutely no less weird.
If You Lack A Real Family, You Can Rent A Fake One For Pics
In Japan, there's a company called Family Romance, whose name must have lost something (or maybe gained something) in translation. Family Romance lets you hire people to help flesh out your personal life. You want a co-worker, a girlfriend, or a grandma? You want a baby? Family Romance will fake that shit for you. You can hire fake babies. And this is all for the purpose of duping people into thinking you have a richer social life than you do. And for a less intense experience, you can use their "Real Appeal" service to hire someone to take pics with you so that you can pretend you were at work parties, bachelor parties, or sexy celebrity funerals. That's a thing, right?
But why not just hang out and take pics with people for free? You must know, well ... someone, right? This whole thing seems to be based on the premise that either everyone in your social media network is a stranger and you have no actual friends or acquaintances or anyone, or the people you do know are judgmental and need to see that you're in the presence of other flesh beings to be worth anything. But I'm here to tell you that they're wrong, and you ARE worth something. Also, take those fake pics with those fake friends if you want. I say that because 1) You're free to live your own life, and 2) I won't know the difference anyway.
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