We read in Chapter 4 of Boyd’s Book, that the dangers of the internet present a moral panic for parents, especially parents of adolescent girls. However, since we have now left our Myspace days behind, our conscienceness of internet lurkers is more educated than before. Children are taught the need and use of privacy within elementary schools and how to avoid dangerous situations. But it still seems when it comes to online dating or chatting we still don’t know who we are really talking to?
MTV’s Catfish brought about a conversation that we were all wondering about… Do people actually get doped into relationships with people they don’t even know. Sometimes it’s our intuition and human nature to trust those who are kind, but sometimes this gratitude may backfire. In the case of Nev, Catfishs’ host, we learned how he was dooped for 2 years, until he began to really question what the situation was. This show came out right before the Tinder app, and I think encouraged people to be more cautious about their social media.
The reason it is even called cat fishing is for this particular reason:
“They used to take tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They’d keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn’t have somebody nipping at our fin.”
This website highlights the different types of catfish, and the tall tale signs to know if you are being catfished.
One of these important ways to see if you really talking to who you think you are is through different scammer websites. This particular link highlights women profiles from around the world who are pretending to be someone they are not. Whether it be a fake picture or name, this site shows the most commonly used photos from this particular dating website and what to watch out for.
Because the internet relies a lot on being anonymous people have the ability to alter or change a part of their life online in order to make themselves look better. In this case this guy pretends that this girl with the killer tattoo is his girlfriend. Since it was posted on reddit ( a very popular site) someone who who knew the REAL girl with the tattoo saw it, and showed it to it’s actual owner. She of course retaliated by sending the internet a public note that she was not in fact his girlfriend and had nothing to do with this guy. This goes to show that we may be able to pretend to be someone online, but that doesn’t mean that we are going to necessarily get away with it.