Fake girlfriends a product of today's world

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 07:37 PM.

Last week came a news item from the world of sports that got my attention. A Notre Dame football player found himself at the center of a very weird revelation.

The star linebacker said his girlfriend had died of leukemia, which was a terribly sad story. It got a lot sadder when revealed she wasn’t a real human girlfriend. Whoa, Pinocchio!

As the story developed it bored deeper down the rabbit hole. This guy had apparently maintained a long "relationship" by phone and computer without actually having any physical contact with a real woman.

Everybody’s aware that we humans and technology are becoming interchangeable on some levels. I have lens implants in both eyes. But with this story we have a case of human-tech interactions seeping into emotional realms.

Certainly relationships can flow through electronic mediums but I can’t imagine substituting foreplay with rebooting. When I was his age, things were so much simpler.

My normal dating "relationships" generally germinated at drive-in movies or on blankets under the stars at our beaches. Those were "Wake up Little Suzie" days and were very, very wonderful.

As I roll this new world around my mind, I realize just how out of touch I am with this cyber century.

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