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'It's Complicated' when catfish and kittenfish is involved


We are living in a digital age. From our watches to our banking, everything is tied to the web. Even the way we search for love. And just like the risks with online banking, there are also risks with online dating.

The person you think you're talking to may not be who they appear. Literally. Catfishing has become such a big issue, they’ve made a TV show about it. Catfishing is when a person makes a deceptive profile to attract people online. A fake profile may include fake photos, fake information, and even a fake name.

Dating sites like eHarmony are even trying to help people get spot catfishes. If you think a profile is too good to be true, eHarmony suggests searching the photos using Google Search By image. If there’s no photo or video associated with the account, that’s also a red flag. Then dating site also suggest searching for the potential catfisher. If they have less than 100 friends, it’s time to unmatch.

Some users catfish on a smaller scale. It’s called “kittenfishing.” It’s when you present yourself on a dating app in an unrealistically positive way. This applies to someone who is using outdated or edited photos. Or it can be someone who embellishes their talents and/or their accomplishments. So just like catfishing, you’re lying. Just not as a bad. You’re not creating a completely false persona. You’re being dishonest about your life.

So, while you’re on the hunt for love, be aware that some people are trying to trick you.

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