You may or may not be familiar with the term Catfish. Its definition on urbandictionary.com is: A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances. It became mainstream starting with the indie movie Catfish (that spawned an MTV series), and really gained popularity after the Manti Te’o scandal. While I saw the movie and watched in shock as a a guy mourned a relationship with someone he’d never met, it is becoming easier and easier to create entire profiles and personalities online.
But I never really saw myself involved in any of this. Yes, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but I am who I say I am and friends with people I actually know in real life. Yes, on twitter I have thousands of followers I don’t actually know, but I’m not using 140 characters as a medium to meet people, just to tweet funny or timely stuff. Then something random happened. Last week, a reader of this blog sent me a link to an OkCupid dating profile. I wasn’t sure why I was clicking on it until I saw my photo looking back at me with the user name “NiceHunter007.” A complete stranger was using my picture as theirs on a dating site. Apparently I was a single, marketing rep living in Canoga Park, CA... (cont'd)
Do You Have a Wedding Pinterest Board and Are Not Engaged? Congrats! Everyone Else Does Too.+comment
What’s so great about Pinterest. You just look at pretty pictures and tap on “Pin.” That requires no money, no commitment, no deposits, no long discussions with family and in-laws, no disagreement with your fiance explaining why something is worth it, etc. Maybe the allure of Pinteresting your ideal imaginary wedding is that it involves none of the harsh, expensive and compromising realities of an actual wedding.
Tinder Date #46 – Dating a Priest??+comment
I’m an Anglican priest. We’re not as strict as the Roman Catholic church. I wonder how this date will go? Will he inspire me to live a more wholesome life? Or will I debauchurize him? Is that a word? Debaucherize? …He’s drinking Guinness. I KNEW that was the Lord’s beer. I just knew it.