More than three years after having met my wife, I finally understand why she felt so strongly about talking on the phone before meeting in person. Not being much of a phone person, I was not exactly thrilled by the thought of talking to someone I’ve never met on the phone. Gotta say, as nervewrecking as it was, I am very happy we did it! Hearing her voice for the first time was totally worth it. Also! Knowing that the person I had been chatting with was the same person I would be meeting was definitely a major plus. Even though I never ever thought it could happen to me because of course I’m invincible, catfishing is really a thing.
lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona:
“he was being catfished by a cruel prankster”
–> Oxford Dictionary
So, long story short, a guy named Yaniv AKA Nev Schulman got catfished and then made a documentary back in 2010 about it, followed by a reality television series. Him and his co-star Max Joseph play detectives for possible catfishing victims (link to trailer at the bottom of this post). It’s like Facebook-creeping gone wild. We only watched one episode of the show, but I found it really interesting. It’s super shocking to see what people are capable of! I mean sure, making fake profiles for the heck of it is one thing, but going as far as to trick someone into falling for this fake person is completely cruel. Another thing I really liked about the show is the ending part of an episode… after the whole reveal and all the anger and stuff, Nev goes back to the culprit and tries to find out why they did what they did and smooth things over between them and the victim.