Episode 2: An invisible girlfriend

Could it be true that in this fast-paced technological era, the best way to forge a real connection is by creating a fake girlfriend? We’re not entirely sure — but it turns out, there’s an app for that.

Hosted by Eric Brandner and Davin Coburn, the Underscore is a podcast exploring and explaining the quirky side of American culture. On this episode, we go behind the curtain of the Invisible Girlfriend phenomenon, speaking to the people who actually power a text-based imaginary-partner service — and looking at what keeps its users coming back.


  • It turns out, creating a girlfriend from scratch is a lot harder than it looks. Here’s what we came up with for our invisible girlfriend Trudy Elizabeth Beckensale.
  • Sadly, Meatball is not a real bulldog. The pooch’s inspiration, however, is real.


Thanks again to Digg editor Steve Rousseau, Crowdsource COO Erin Steinbruegge, and freelance writer and editor—and sometimes invisible girlfriend—Laura Harper for joining the podcast.


The Underscore’s theme music is a mashup by Gunnbladez and Stereo Surgeon.


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