Couples Are Taking Online Tests To See If Their Partners Are Cheating!
Online entrepreneurs in China have found an ingenious way of profiting off of couples paranoia – renting out ‘love testers’ who do their best to try and seduce one of the partners in order to check how faithful they really are.
China is well-known for its bizarre online services, which range from renting fake girlfriends/boyfriends to trick one’s family that they are in a relationship, to hiring mistress dispellers that teach scorned wives how to get rid of problematic mistresses, and even renting professional bridesmaids to endure all sorts of humiliation during traditional Chinese wedding. And entrepreneurs are constantly on the look out for new ways of profiting off of human relationships – case in point, an increasingly popular service that allows couples to rent ‘love testers’ to check their partners’ fidelity.
According to Chinese newspaper Global Times, a simple search for ‘boyfriend loyalty test’ on China’s largest e-commerce platform, TaoBao, yields dozens of results, with companies charging anywhere from 20 yuan ($3) to 1,314 yuan ($190) for their services. Once an order for a ‘love tester’ is made with one of these companies, the client must provide all sorts of personal details about their partner, like their name, job, mobile phone number, social media accounts, hobbies and interests. Then, the tester will befriend the target on popular social networks like WeChat or QQ an use all kinds of tricks to check if they truly are faithful to the client.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, women tend to use online fidelity testing services more than men, but testing women is a bit more expensive, as “trapping women is apparently harder than men”.