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  • Would you pay a stranger to hang out with you?
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Who wants a friend you have to pay for?

Our approach to social relations has been changing since Facebook commoditised 'friends' – and it's spreading into the real world too. It's now easy to buy a fake girlfriend, or pay strangers to hang out. But will hiring a pretend-friend for a pint at the pub really become the norm?