Zhuansun Xu, 22, talking to a girlfriend on his phone while playing a mobile game in his room in Beijing. A foreign exchange trader by day, he is a “virtual boyfriend” by night, chatting with female clients. Photo: AFP

They flatter and flirt with single women for money – in China, virtual boyfriends offer intimacy on demand to a career-focused generation

  • China’s one-child policy created a generation of self-confident women who have a home, and financial security, but lead isolating lives and are looking for love
  • Some find it online, where they pay men to reassure, advise, and be intimate with them. ‘This is a new mode of womanhood that is unprecedented,’ academic says
Topic |   Sex and relationships

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Zhuansun Xu, 22, talking to a girlfriend on his phone while playing a mobile game in his room in Beijing. A foreign exchange trader by day, he is a “virtual boyfriend” by night, chatting with female clients. Photo: AFP
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