Catfishing is a phenomenon that I can’t wrap my head around. Not in the year 2015. In the age of Skype, Facetime, Tango, Viber, there are many ways to verify that someone really is who they say they are.
For those who may not know, the term “Catfish” refers to someone who create fake online accounts in order to attract and seduce someone. The popular show on MTV actually helps victims of catfishing to find out who they’re really dealing with.
Is it just me, or does this show seem a bit outdated? With all of the technology available at our disposal, how in the world are people still being left in the dark?
I understand some of us are technologically challenged….I’ve only recently started using Skype to video chat. However, I’ve been happily married for almost 9 years and have no plans of starting an online relationship. Unless, of course, Reggie Bush is interested.
Seriously though, why put yourself out there like that?
I don’t mean to come down too hard on those of you who’ve had your heart-broken by a complete stranger. I am just struggling to understand how you let that happen?
How do you know if you’re being catfished?
- Whenever you try to meet up or video chat, there’s always an excuse. This can go one for months, even years.
- There’s always an ongoing problem or conflict.
- You send gifts, money, etc.
- They always know the right thing to say to make up for physical absence.
- All of their pictures are attractive….no unflattering photos.
- You never meet any of their friends or family.
- They always reassure you that you will finally get to meet in the near future.
I’ve never personally been catfished before, so if there’s something I’m missing please leave it in the comments right above this post.
Have you ever been catfished? Do you know someone who has? What tips do you have for others who may become victims of this unethical, online behavior?