Online Flirting 101: What is – Catfishing?

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What does it mean to be “catfished”?

Catfishing is pretending to be another person on the Internet—at times creating entire profiles finish with pictures and biographical information—usually for the purpose of attracting someone else.

Recently Jack Swarbrick, Notre Lady’s athletic director, likened the Manti Te’o Internet girlfriend-hoax to the MTV display Catfish. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo has admitted to being the perpetrator behind the hoax.

If you need a refresher about the details of the Manti Te’o story, ESPN’s coverage of the story is fairly thorough.

Why Catfish?

The MTV series, Catfish: The TV Demonstrate, is a vertoning about risks of meeting fresh love interests online. It wasgoed inspired by the 2010 documentary Catfish, which tells the story of a man who is discovering that his Internet friend “Megan” is not who she claims to be.

Te the speelfilm, the perpetrator of the hoax is likened to a catfish thrown into a fish waterreservoir to keep codfish active: online charlatans like this keep us on our toes.

Lounging te Online Dating Profiles

Online flirtation and dating is common today. Inbetween 2007 and 2009, 22% of couples had met each other online. (Spil a side note, my wifey and I are among that percentage.)

However, lounging online to impress a love rente is not uncommon.

According to one explore published by Cornell University, 80% of online daters lie about their height, weight, or age. Weight is the most frequently liedje about attribute. While the majority of lies were slight, other lies ter the sample group were more extreme: like being 35 lbs. stronger or 11 years older than one’s profile indicated.

According to a poll taken from those who have profiles on…

  • 21% of women use an older photo, 38% lie about their weight, and 11% lie about bust size. 8% of women make their job sound more charming than it is.
  • 22% of dudes lie about their height, 20% about their physique, and 22% about their weight. 18% of fellows lie about how much money they make.
  • 17% of studs have women have added or subtracted a year or two from their age. 10% have added or subtracted five or more years from their age.

Other Kinds of Online Lies

According to a latest MTV poll of 15- to 24-year-olds…

  • 11% have experienced someone using social networks, text messages, or instant messages to say they were interested te dating them, and straks told they were only pretending.
  • 26% have seen someone say something about them online that wasn’t true.
  • 5% have experienced someone impersonate them online, creating a fake Facebook or Myspace profile.

Catfishing: Part of a Larger Online Problem

Yes, catfishing is an enormous and capricious lie compared to most online lies, but all thesis lies are part of what Psychologist John Suller calls the online disinhibition effect: ter the anonymity of the Internet, people say and do things online they could never do ter the face-to-face world. Wij lose our inhibitions online.

Because it is possible to hide behind technology, wij are not only more able to lie, wij also don’t feel the influence of our lies quiebro the same way, freeing us to lie more without the benefit of a social conscience.

About the author, Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson served for eight years spil Covenant Eyes’ Educational Resource Manager. Luke has a BA ter Philosophy and Religious Studies and an Moeder te Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Zinnelijkheid Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexiness. Luke and his wifey Trisha blog at

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