That’s what psychic friends are for?

This does concern me. Too many people find apps too easy to purchase and become attached to. This is quite the inroad for psychic services.

A press release from the Psychic Friends Network:

Psychic Friends Network (PFNI) Readies ‘Freemium’ Mobile Apps in Bid to Re-Dominate the Nearly $2.5B Psychic Entertainment Market

Psychic Friends Network, the company that single-handedly created the psychic entertainment market in the 1990s and generated over $1 billion in revenue, is developing a mobile smartphone/tablet application (mobile app), a first for the psychic service industry.

“This is a major breakthrough not just for the Psychic Friends Network, but for the entire psychic service industry,” said Marc Lasky, CEO of Psychic Friends Network. “Our research indicates that among the under-40 customer base, the new mobile app could quickly become the primary means for seeking psychic services. And among our more traditional customer base, the new app could broadly increase usage with its ease of accessibility.”

Indeed. Watching the news alerts, the Psychic Friends Network have been very active in rolling out new ideas. Watch for them to experience a surge in popularity as they expand. It seems like they are moving past their bad reputation of the pre-21st century and entering a new era of “entertainment services”. Color me grumpy about this because this is still a bunch of hooey that people pay for. Entertainment? Not exactly. It’s a tax on people who won’t think critically.

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  5 comments for “That’s what psychic friends are for?

  1. D. Walker
    December 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    It isn’t just stealing money from the gullible. It’s putting it directly into the hands of people who have the most to lose from rational behavior in the general population. It’s giving economic empowerment to the exact people who we should be trying to starve out of the human culture.

  2. Brian
    December 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    “Our research indicates that among the under-40 customer base, the new mobile app could quickly become the primary means for seeking psychic services. And among our more traditional customer base, the new app could broadly increase usage with its ease of accessibility.”

    Being psychics, or at least employing them, what the HELL do they need a research team for?! Oh yeah. Fraud…. :-P

  3. Mike Y.
    December 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Having this app on one’s phone could additionally give the “psychic” access to all kinds of information which could allow them to engage in “Hot reading”. Think of all that could be pulled from the phone: names of friends & family pulled from the Contacts list, information about one’s employer, GPS-targeted location… all of this could be used to dramatically increase the psychic scammer’s hit rate. They wouldn’t need to grope around calling out letters of the alphabet to find a connection; they’d have the names of the callers’ wife and children right in front of them.

    What we have here is a situation whereby thousands of people with a proven knack for gullibility are about to turn over huge amounts of personal information to those with a proven record for exploiting the gullible. This does not bode well.

  4. Barbara Snowberger
    December 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I have a friend with NO psychic ability (and freely admits it!) who applied for and got a job being a phone psychic at a company like this, based in Florida, some years back. She went through a 5 day training – how to ask questions which would get the caller to give more than needed info… so Theresa could look to her “cheat sheet” for where to next take the conversation. Theresa was desperate for work, so she only stayed in the job for four months – just enough time to make enough money to get her bills caught-up and then leave for a job that wasn’t such a scam.

    Let me be clear… there ARE good psychics who are honest and talented. However, I doubt that very many of them can be found on Psychic Hotlines.

  5. December 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    “there ARE good psychics who are honest and talented.”
    [citation needed]

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