Rent Out Boyfriends to Single Ladies
User story: Between your job, your commute, and more of your job, there isn’t a lot of time in your life to find a date. Somehow, this Thursday there’s a three-hour gap between the end of work and the latest possible time you can go to bed. So you hop online and book a date. No, you’re not finding a date; you’re booking one. He’s already there, ready to go — on your schedule, on your terms. There are plenty to choose from, but this time it’s the slender fellow with the dimples. A few clicks later and you’re set for your date.
The service: Rental Kareshi is an online dating service where you pay an hourly rate to go on a date with one of their “rental boyfriends”. The service appeals to the companionship aspect of dating — there are very strict rules governing physical contact. Prices range from ¥7000 to ¥10,000 ($70 to $100 USD) per hour, depending on the assumed quality of the boyfriend. Each boyfriend has a portfolio so extensive that the NSA would be lucky to have as much personal information: age, Twitter account, customer reviews, Q&A, hometown, pets… It’s the most front-loaded dating experience that money can buy.
Why it’s awesome: It streamlines dating into a simple, transparent process. Sure, it still seems a bit lazy to rent someone when you really should be using Tinder but think of the value: you get a full vetting of your boyfriend, you know the exact terms and conditions of the date, and there’s a professional company behind everything which wants to keep you very happy. And don’t let anyone call you sad for using this — at least you didn’t sift through handfuls of cretins you met online before going out with the least creepy of the bunch.