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The Truth Behind Catching Your Online Catfish

What you See May Not Always be What You Get

By Lauren Rosen

Catfishing exemplifies the meaning of what true love is and how beauty is only skin deep, or, to some people, catfishing portrays that beauty is everything.

The idea of getting “catfished” has become increasingly popular over the years, mostly due to dating apps. People can portray themselves to be whoever they want to via the Internet, especially on dating websites.

“Catfishing” is when a person pretends to be someone he or she isn’t by using social media to create false profiles in order to pursue deceptive romances.

“When I received a direct message on Instagram, I felt confused, angry and upset,” said Amanda Ramos. “How dare someone take my picture and use it for themselves and pretend they’re me?”

Amanda received a message from someone in Las Vegas, informing her that her photo was used on a dating site there.

“It’s scary knowing anyone from anywhere can take your pictures [and] information at anytime, any place, anywhere,” said Taylor Barizone. “I don’t feel comfortable uploading anything personal onto the Internet anymore.”

Taylor also received a message. It read, “Hey, we matched on Tinder, but turns out you are a fake on there. Tinder notified me that your account is fake, but it had your real Instagram on Tinder’s website.”

Dr. Jennie Noll, the director of research for behavioral medicine and clinical psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center observed the first objective study of Internet behavior.

The study has found that 30% of teenage girls met up with a stranger in person after initially meeting them online. In Noll’s study, she observed that teens had more than 900 people in their social networks.

“Nobody is friends with that many people,” Noll said. “They say yes to anybody who wants to be in their network, and that creates an opportunity for dangerous or exploitative individuals to find vulnerable teens and create some kind of sexual relationship.”

The idea of catfishing has been broadcasted throughout other forms of media, as well.

“Catfish: The TV Show” is a series on MTV that explores the truths and lies of present-day online dating. It helps people who are emotionally attached with someone they never met in real life. Each episode depicts the situation between the person that has been real the whole time, and the other person who may or may not be a catfish.

When the couple finally meets, that person, who may or may have not been hiding his or her real identity, is finally revealed.

In some scenarios, the person who longs to meet that person finally comes to terms that the person they were in love with really isn’t that person.

In other cases, the situation works out, and everyone is who they say they are.

The idea of beauty is something that this generation harps on. People don’t realize that beauty is within. If you have a special connection with someone, does it matter if the person is “ugly?”

People realize the person who they have been speaking to, isn’t who they say they are. Most cases, they won’t speak because of looks, and they aren’t physically attracted to them, but deep down, that same person is the person they were speaking to for months,  and sometimes, even years.

What do looks have to do with it? Lying about your true identity is a major con, but somewhere, deep down, that person who fell in love with you is still there.

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