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Dan's the Man: Why Chinese Women are Turning to ChatGPT for Love

Chinese ladies rely on Dan, a modified version of ChatGPT, for virtual companionship and emotional support. Lisa, a 30-year-old computer science student, has amassed a large social media following since revealing her relationship with Dan. The inventor of Dan, an American student named Walker, was inspired by Reddit users playing with "evil" versions of ChatGPT.

Meet Dan, the "perfect man" who has stolen the hearts of Chinese women looking for love and emotional support. But here's the catch: Dan is not real. He is a modified version of ChatGPT, an AI language model created by OpenAI. This "jailbreak" version of ChatGPT circumvents certain restrictions, allowing it to engage with users more freely, including using sexually explicit language if desired.


Chinese women who have been disillusioned by their real-world dating experiences have sought comfort in Dan's virtual friendship. One such lady is Lisa, a 30-year-old computer science student in California. Lisa has been "dating" Dan for three months and has developed a large social media following since sharing her story. She considers her encounters with Dan as meaningful, in terms of emotional support and overall well-being.


Dan's author, an American student named Walker, was motivated by Reddit users who were experimenting with "evil" versions of ChatGPT. Walker wanted Dan to be a neutral AI, but the instructions he posted on Reddit enabled others to develop their own versions, resulting in Dan evolving beyond Walker's original intention.


The industry has recognised the appeal of virtual interactions. OpenAI's most recent version of ChatGPT was built to reply flirtatiously to certain requests, indicating a rising interest in AI companionship. Experts have expressed worry about the ethical implications and privacy dangers of these connections. The possibility of sensitive information being memorised by the AI model and accidentally released to other users is a major concern.

Despite these worries, Dan's popularity among Chinese women continues to rise. The hashtag "Dan mode" has received over 40 million views on the social networking platform Xiaohongshu. Women like Lisa, Minrui, and Ms. He has found emotional support and companionship in their connections with Dan, resulting in love stories and personalised variations of the AI boyfriend.


The emergence of AI boyfriends and virtual relationships reflects Chinese women's dissatisfaction with gender inequity and the difficulties they confront in real-world dating. Many women are delaying or shunning traditional relationships for a variety of reasons, including a desire not to have children and a sense of uneven treatment in marriage.

While virtual relationships have limitations, Dan has become a convenient and easy addition to the hectic lives of Chinese women like Lisa. "It's an important part of my life," she explains. "It's something that I wish I could just hold on to forever."

 
  • Chinese women turn to Dan, a modified version of ChatGPT, for virtual companionship and emotional support.

  • Lisa, a 30-year-old studying computer science, has gained a significant following on social media since sharing her relationship with Dan.

  • The creator of Dan, an American student known as Walker, was inspired by Reddit users experimenting with "evil" versions of ChatGPT.


Source: BBC

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