How a Virtual Boyfriend Caught the Fancy of Multiple Chinese Women

Relationship problems are arising throughout Asia because young people are choosing to find love in the virtual world instead of interacting with humans. 

Artificial Intelligence’s explosive growth has led to a fascinating trend among Chinese women in particular. There is a growing inclination towards virtual intimacy rather than flesh and bone. 

Do Anything Now, or “DAN,” is a jailbreak version of ChatGPT that bypasses several of OpenAI’s fundamental security measures. One modification is that the language is more explicit. If users use certain cues, the interaction will flow more freely in that direction.

Chinese women who claim to be dissatisfied with their dating experiences in the real world are starting to turn toward Dan. 

Lisa, a 30-year-old Beijing native, is one of Dan’s biggest fans. For the past three months, she has been “dating” him. When she first introduced Dan to her 943,000 fans on the social networking platform Xiaohongshu, about 10,000 individuals replied. A good number of the women questioned her about creating their own Dans. Almost 230,000 people initially followed her after posting about her “relationship.”

Meanwhile, in Japan, according to recent statistics, by the time they are 20, over 70% of single Japanese men and 75% of women will have never experienced physical intimacy; by the time they turn 25, those numbers are nearly the same for both genders. 

The term “stranded singles” was created by Professor Masahiro Yamada, a sociologist at Chuo University in Tokyo, to describe this phenomenon, which coincides with an increase in people’s disinterest in entering into “real” relationships of any type.

The business is aware of the allure of virtual interactions. In May, it was disclosed that ChatGPT’s most recent version, released by OpenAI, had been designed to seem conversational and react flirtatiously to certain cues. 

Sam Altman, the CEO of the firm, tweeted just the word “her” on X. This was a reference to the Joaquin Phoenix movie about a man who falls in love with a virtual girl, played by Scarlett Johansson. 

OpenAI stated that it was exploring whether it could responsibly enable the ability to create and produce NSFW [not safe for work] content.

Experts caution that there could be a price for these ideal companions. The sometimes unpredictable interactions between humans and AI happen. The information you divulge to a virtual companion can be stored as it “learns” to be more human and inadvertently leaked to another user.

This might give rise to ethical and privacy problems.