Who Would Date an Imaginary Partner? – Psychology Today

Who Would Date an Imaginary Partner? – Psychology Today

On the dating scene, most singles meet prospective paramours through friends, professional colleagues, common activities or interests, or online dating services, which have become very popular. Yet there are some markedly unconventional exceptions to the usual routine.  

Imaginary Lovers

Image by Stefanie Reichel from Pixabay

Source: Image by Stefanie Reichel from Pixabay

A 35-year-old Japanese school administrator made headlines in 2018 when he married a hologram. His selection of a bride, portrayed by a small doll in the ceremony resplendent in a tiny white dress, was modeled in the form of the Japanese pop star he fell in love with. He explained that he “distrusted women” after he was bullied at work.[i]  According to an article by Jessica Miley in Interesting Engineering, the ceremony included rings and the signing of a marriage certificate (at least for one of the parties, we assume).  

Christian Gollayan reveals in the New York Post that the man spent about $17,600 on the formal ceremony to wed his two-dimensional lover, able to move and talk through a $2,800 desktop device, who is modeled after a 16-year-old 3-D pop singer with blue pigtails.[ii] Gollayan states that the marriage certificate came from the company that produces the holograms, Gatebox, which has apparently issued over 3,700 such certificates to what are described as “cross-dimension” couples. 

Is it legal? Unsurprisingly: no. Writing for CNN, Emiko Jozuka
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