Hollywood, MD – While most people would call catfishing going out into the water and fishing for catfish, this article is about ‘catfishing’ in the term of someone who pretends to be someone they’re not. They often use Facebook or other social media outlets to create false identities to pursue online romances.

A lot of people do this because they are manipulative and narcissistic. Some people do it because they believe no one will like them for who they are. Either way, it’s deceptive and wrong.

On the other hand, there have been documented accounts (via the movie “Catfish” and the follow up reality TV show on MTV) with people believing they’re dating celebrities… for years. That is insane. You almost feel like these people deserve it because that is a crazy notion when they don’t ever see or hear from a person other than behind their computer. What did they realistically expect? Trolling Facebook and Twitter for a mate cannot end well. That’s why God made dating sites.

People will set up fake accounts and lure others into fake dating them and eventually, just stop talking to the other person. This can be devastating for the other person. While it is idiotic and kind of a no brainer, people’s feelings get hurt. 

If you want to find someone to date, do it the old fashioned way and meet them in person at a coffee shop, church or a singles event. Never trust someone on the Internet who refuses to video chat or call. Trust the Universe to send you the right person and then maybe live happily ever after.

Would you be a fisher or a catfish?

To check out the MTV show and learn more about this topic, watch MTV or visit: http://www.mtv.com/shows/catfish-the-tv-show