New site lets you rent a friend for a minimum of $10/hour ... strictly platonic, fees are negotiable. http://www.everydaymoney.ca/2010/07/new-site-lets-you-rent-a-friend-for-10hour.html [Broken] This service is available only in the U.S.A and Canada. Could this service be extended to other countries? If marketed well, it won't ONLY be for the socially deficient and lonely people. Although making friends may be the toughest thing for some people, for whatever reason. For instance, you're moving to a big city, say N.Y.C. -- NYC can be very intimidating to many -- you don't know anyone there. Answer: you could rent an instant friend for a minimum of $10/hour (fees negotiable) to show you your way around the city, the places to hang out, it would increase your chances to meet people outside your workplace, outside your comfort zone, and that may help you climb the social ladder a bit faster. It's good job opportunity for people who are good at keeping a conversation alive, and also for those who are socially experienced. I'm trying to put a positive spin on this business opportunity... because people usually like to view themselves in a positive light and as better than average (Read "Self-enhancement bias") Could you share some of your ideas to put a positive spin on this? And, generally speaking, would do you think of this social experiment?