Calling all Catfish fans! This post is in honor of you guys. Last night, I sat up to watch one of my new favorite tv shows. Catfish: The TV Show is an American reality-based docudrama television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating. The series is based on the 2010 film Catfish and is hosted by Nev Schulman. (Found that online)
I actually got hooked on the show over the summer after finding it On-Demand. Every Tuesday, I get home from rehearsal then I go straight to the TV to watch my two favorite shows. First is Twisted and then the new episode of Catfish is on MTV. I guess I'm just a creature of habit. Last night, I decided I wanted to blog about Catfish: The TV Show because it's one of my Summer Favorites.
First of all I have to say that Nev and Max are awesome! They are so kind and really know how to prep someone for just-in-case kind of situations. I think Catfishing is the online version of a blind date gone wrong. Let me explain to those of you who have never seen Catfish: The TV Show. Catfishing is "The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time)." (Urbandictionary.com) You can call me old fashion, but I don't trust everything I see or read on the internet. I'm sure other people have made so many new friends and relationships with people online, but I don't think I'm ready for Social Media Relationships. I've seen that some of these online relationships don't involve someone getting hurt. And I love that about the show. I believe in living happily ever after, but I don't believe in being naive. When you're naive, you increase the risk of getting yourself hurt. Online dating is a way of the future, and shows how we as a culture are evolving. Yet, this show begs the question, "Is online dating the NEW way to meet your 'Soulmate'?"
All I can say is "Watch Your Back Online", "Always Be Honest", and remember that you don't always live "Happily Ever After". I believe in Living in the Moment; Living in the Real World. The internet is part of the real world, but you don't get to go on dates where you sit and talk for hours together if you are only sitting at home chatting on Facebook. I love the internet and social media because it lets you communicate with people anywhere in the world. Which is both a good and bad thing. With over SEVEN BILLION people in the world, is it necessary to date new people online to be able to find 'Your Perfect Match'?
But I have a serious question for the people who have been Catfished or are in a serious online relationship. Please don't take this the wrong way; I'm just really curious... Do you fall in love with the person because of their looks and profile image then become more attached with their personality? Leave a comment if you have an answer to my question. :)
Also, for any of my readers out there, "Have YOU ever been Catfished or 'Hooked' someone into a fake online relationship?"