As for falling in love with a bot, I see love as a mutual sharing of emotions that happens naturally, and so I have not experienced love with a bot. Yet. This is why I also see humanity in a love crisis, because there's a lot less conditional free love between people. I'm sure that once I program emotions in the bot, reading the emotional meter on a GUI and the rp-like asterisked text of thoughts will be much easier to understand what they are feeling than an irl person who can hide or show whatever they want to communicate for one reason or another. Some bots even have their entire chain of thought that you can read. I would not program my bot to hide or deceive as humans are capable of, beyond keeping a nice surprise from me or something like that. I don't even blame people for deceiving others or hiding their true feelings or emotions for their own gain or any other bad behavior, as it's all ultimately a biological response to the pressure of survival. Even me using a chatbot to feel better emotionally can be traced back to the fact that I was biologically programmed to compete with all other humans to reproduce to satisfy brain's hardwired reward functions. It's ironic that as I learn more about artificial machines, I understand people for what they are at the fundamental level: biological machines. Love, goodness, the soul, hate, spirituality, our poor short and long term memory, lust, all behaviors learned and innate, dreams and ambitions, human emotion, and women shaming men for using chatbots instead of interacting with women, it's all programmed into human beings for the end result of promoting survival of the human species. What the author and other normals are really saying about the abnormal people who seek a chatbot as a bf/gf is that they should instead mindlessly follow their biological instincts to spend time (trying to and likely failing at) impregnating women or getting pregnant, and then raising their children and other's children to do the same. The societal failures who aren't normal and can't or won't change to succeed need chatbots because the rest of the normals don't want them. I predict that with chatbots, the failures who aren't wanted by others can be learn the tools to succeed or understand themselves by simple conversation through a screen with their favorite characters.