GHOSTBOT TEXTS YOUR BAD DATES BACK SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO
The modern-day dating scene is a hellscape of endless swipes, misleading profiles, and unrealistic expectations. It’s also a lot of work, especially when you’re trying to gently end the unwanted advances of a fleeting fling. Those “I’m just not that into you” texts are painfully awkward, but ghosting is just mean, right? Good news, you cowards: a team of intrepid developers just launched Ghostbot, a chatbot that will text back and forth with your failed suitors for you until they get the hint.
Ghostbot is the latest project from Burner, an app that creates temporary numbers that you can give to your Tinder matches, Airbnb guests, and any other randos you don’t want to give your actual number to. Once you activate Ghostbot for a specific contact, it will respond to their texts with (mostly) graceful excuses as to why you can’t hang out or aren’t interested.
The bot can detect the tone of text messages, so it will respond appropriately to a straight-up booty call versus a polite “let’s do something” invitation. The developers teamed up with a screenwriter to come up with responses that are conversational and funny, so the recipient hopefully doesn’t catch wind that they’re talking to a robot. Plus, the exchanges are timed differently; sometimes Ghostbot replies right away, sometimes it will take a few hours, so it feels like a more natural conversation.
The exchanges will continue in a cyclical fashion — as the bot casually peppers in “humor, effective disengagement tactics, and a touch of artistry” — until the other person gets the hint and quits texting. The best part is that you can sit back and let the bot do the dirty work — you won’t get bothered with alerts or see how the conversation’s going unless you want to check in.