By: Ciarra Maraj
Have you ever wondered how Catfish keeps making new seasons? You’d think after the first episode people would be more aware with who they interact with online. Seven seasons, 116 episodes later, people are still being deceitful, and others are still naively falling for it.
Catfishing is an ongoing thing that happens daily. Why? Because it’s a piece of cake to lie on the internet. And honestly, the dating sites don’t make it any better.
Have you heard of EliteSingles? It’s a space meant for a more mature crowd who graduated from college. Supposedly, 90% of their users hold some sort of university degree, but how do they confirm such a thing? I surely hope it’s not through their database. I started to make an account to test it out and when I reached that question, I lied and continued on with the personality test. It only takes a click of a button and soon one lie turns into your entire profile being exaggerated.
Tinder on the other hand, is mainly known for hooking up, but that’s not always the case. I have a profile out of irony and someone is always lying about something. Little white lies, from someone’s height to where they attend(ed) school.
Have you noticed the profiles where a person uploads more group photos than ones of themselves? They do this so it’s hard to tell who’s who. Or how about the ones who lie about being 21, but they look like they’re pushing 40? Yes, that actually happens. People even lie about their names.
Read the Signs
You can’t believe what anyone writes on their profile, but you can be smart. If it’s too good to be true, it might not be true. If the person you’re talking to doesn’t want to talk on the phone or FaceTime, they’re clearly hiding something. I mean, come on people, haven’t you seen Catfish?
Honestly, I’m torn between who’s to actually blame here. Obviously, the catfish is wrong. However, how could someone actually believe they are talking with Katy Perry? While our first instinct is to believe a new connection, that kind of thinking is exactly why it’s easy to be lied to.
There’s no “dirty details” I can reveal about online dating. It’s a community where half the people are taking it as a joke, and the other half is genuinely hopeful in finding “the one.”
With that being said, look up from your screen and get out more. You don’t have to rely on the internet to find your next beau. Also, make it a point to stop making it easy to be lied to.
Godspeed on your internet dating journey.