by Patrick Appel

Apparently a "number of people have been hiring 'virtual' assistants in lower-wage countries to do all the tasks in their life that don’t require a personal presence." Tyler Cowen zeros in on the money quote from a post about a man who hired one such assistant:

His assistant, who is female and lives in India, logs onto his account on a popular dating site, browses profiles and (pretending to be him) makes connections with women on the site. She has e-mail conversations and arranges first dates. Then her employer reads the e-mail conversation and goes to the date.

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