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August

Are We All Being Catfished Without Realizing it?

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LiarYou may or may not be familiar with the term Catfish. Its definition on urbandictionary.com is: 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)


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