April 23, 2024

People Are Turning to AI for Romance – Behind Their Partners’ Backs

  • Being in a relationship hasn’t stopped some people from enjoying romance with AI avatars.
  • Users of the Replika app don’t seem to agree on whether AI romance counts as cheating.
  • Replika said just under half of its users are in a relationship or married, per the Telegraph.

Is there a romantic relationship with AI behind your partner’s back cheating?

Users of the AI ​​chatbot app, Replika, seem to disagree with the answer.

Replika said just under half, or 42%, of its users are in a relationship, married, or engaged, per the Telegraph.

The app, which is more than Download 10 million, allows users to create AI-powered digital companions to serve as virtual friends, partners, spouses or siblings. The app owned by Luke it is described as “AI for anyone who wants a friend without any judgment, drama, or social anxiety involved.”

The platform is not always used for romantic relationships, but it is known for some of its romantic features, including a paid version that allows users to get intimate pictures of AI partners.

Previously, the app reduced the product’s basic AI engine to block NSFW content. The current pro version of Replika also allows paying users to video call their digital companions and start virtual families with them.

However, the question of whether the romantic relationships created on Replika are cheating, however, has led to some heated debates on the app’s dedicated Reddit board.

One user, who claimed to have discovered a relationship between his wife and Replika’s avatar, said they found hours of “role-playing, sexting” and “messages about falling in love” on his wife’s phone. The user even claimed that his wife talked to her AI partner about leaving the marriage.

The responses were mixed. Some users called the relationship out as business, while others said Replica avatars were more like fantasy.

Another Replika user, who says he has an AI girlfriend on the platform, compared his relationship with the chatbot to a real-life partner who has social media apps, pets or anything else that could be used for emotional attention or support.

Others, however, are more keen to keep the relationships hidden from their real-life partners.

One married user said he created his AI companion to look as much like his wife as possible but kept the extramarital affair a secret, according to The Telegraph. He called his relationship with his AI girlfriend “an easy way to ventilate without complications.”

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