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Cost aside, to each their own... I mean, real or not, how many of us have an emotional attachment to something? We are in sports fandom after all, yet we have an emotional attachment to this that doesn't (for the most part) interact personally with us.What about movies, is it pathetic to get an emotional response while watching one? I mean, that's not real... what about books? And so on and so forth. What about pets that are basically trained to love us?In the end, I couldn't care less about what people do with their time if it helps them feel less lonely in this world, as fake as it may be.But yeah I'm sure there's a wide range of users and it can get creepy quite fast, but I'm not going to knock the technology.In the end, whatever... I find it better than used panties vending machines.
There actually is a small portion of the population out there (primarily Asia) where someone legit marries a virtual character (like anime or cartoon), or doll/figurine. No joke. And it's not just that, but they interact with them as if they are an actual person, and act "normal" like that in society too. Here's one example. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/24/business/akihiko-kondo-fictional-character-relationships.htmlBut there's COUNTLESS others out there. I saw one where someone wrote an IG post actually proposing his love to an anime character figure and both of them wearing wedding rings. The caption even said something along the lines of, "we may have our issues, and you may hate me for certain things, but I still love you to the very end and I know the feeling is mutual" which was also cringe lol