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Nicole Marie Allaire does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. On the internet, you can become anyone you want to — at least for a while. Much of the time, lies are meant to make the person telling them seem better somehow — more attractive, more engaging or otherwise worth getting to know.
Named in a movie that later expanded into an MTV reality seriesa catfish is a person who sets up an intentionally fake profile on one or more social network sites, often with the purpose of defrauding or deceiving other users. It happens more than people might think — and to more people than might believe it. Many times in my own personal life when I was seeking to meet people online, I found that someone was being deceptive. Yet, as the show demonstrates to viewers, online lies can often be easy to detect, by searching for images and phone s and exploring social media profiles.
Some people lie anyway — and plenty of others take the bait. When a deep emotional bond grows with someone, even via texts, phone calls and instant messages, it can be devastating to find out that person has been lying about some major aspect of their identity or intentions. Sometimes the deception is unintentional. Others may intentionally create a fake profile but then connect with someone unexpectedly deeply and find the situation hard to come clean about. Other catfish intend to deceive their targets, though not out of malice. Some catfish, though, set out to hurt people: for instance, to get revenge on a particular person because they are angry, hurt or embarrassed about something that has happened between them.
The show also highlighted a few catfish who found enjoyment making fake profiles and getting attention from strangers online. Others wanted to see if they could make money. Still others hoped to capitalize on the growing popularity of the show itself, wanting to actually meet someone famous or become famous by being on TV. People want to trust those they interact with online and in real life. If a person believes he or she is on a date with someone being deceptivethings tend not to progress to a second date.
Effectively, that positive first impression has created a figurative angelic halo, suggesting the person is less likely to do wrong. Sunny has a very hard time accepting that none of those claims are true of Chelsea, the real person claiming to be Jamison. So someone who met a new friend online and felt an immediate connection might share deeply personal feelings and experiences — expecting the other person to reciprocate. Other people might feel guilty, as if they were snooping on someone they should trust, who might be upset if they found out their claims were being verified — even though the liar is the one who should feel bad, not the fact-checker.
People can still meet and develop real relationships through dating sites, apps and social media.
But catfish are still out there, so it pays to be skeptical, especially if the person is never able to talk on the phone or by video chat. Ask questions about their lives and backgrounds; beware if someone gives fishy answers. Edition: Available editions Global Perspectives. You should see the one that got away. Events More events.Catfish online dating show
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