This piece originally appeared on The Conversation. Much of the time, lies are meant to make the person telling them seem better somehow — more attractive, more engaging or otherwise worth getting to know. Named in a movie that later expanded into an MTV reality series , a catfish is a person who sets up an intentionally fake profile on one or more social network sites, often with the purpose of defrauding or deceiving other users. It happens more than people might think — and to more people than might believe it. Many times in my own personal life when I was seeking to meet people online, I found that someone was being deceptive. Yet, as the show demonstrates to viewers, online lies can often be easy to detect, by searching for images and phone numbers and exploring social media profiles.
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Last Updated: November 18, References. This article was co-authored by Collette Gee. Prior to Collette's coaching business, she worked in the mental health field as a psych nurse which has helped inform her practice to create and sustain happy, healthy meaningful romantic relationships. There are 16 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times.
Mother, 42, was duped by 25 'catfish' on dating app in one year
AN unlucky-in-love mum has told of her disastrous dating experience on Plenty of Fish - which saw her catfished 25 times in a year. Glam mum-of-two Samantha Thorne, 42, joined the app after her second divorce, and was initially optimistic after matching with hunky blokes. But she quickly realised she was a magnet for 'catfishers' - men whose profiles did not match their true self.
We are referring to the online predator that takes advantage of people when they are most vulnerable by pretending to be someone that they are not. They use fake images to pass off as their own and use their imagination in other ways as well to play pretend with their victims. A profile picture on a dating website that is a picture of someone else.