Unluckily, with the increase ter both options and popularity of online dating and its use, there has also bot an increase ter mistreatment of online dating and its users. There is no denying that online dating has the potential to indeed help people connect, reconnect, and make connections with individuals both locally and afar. However, like most things ter life, there will be some people that will use things spil intended, while other will manhandle it. Ter universal, persons that use online approaches to dating and relationships do so with good and fair intentions, they want to casually date or hope to meet a life playmate.
The emergence and rate of occurrence of catfishing is prompt becoming a actual problem within the online dating community. There is now more suspicion and fear surrounding are wij indeed “chatting with the person identified ter the profile”, “does he or she indeed exist”, “are the qualities or characteristics listed on the profile accurate”, etc. Catfishing can create feelings of uncertainty, self-doubt, frustration, anxiety, depression, etc.
Dangers of Catfishing Include- Person Catfished
· Persons “catfished” become emotionally invested ter the other person and the “relationship” while the “catfisher” does not
· Falling te love with someone that does not exist
· Switching one’s life goals or making major life decisions based upon a lie
· Monetary loss (some catfishers will solicit money, gifts, or a combination of both from those they catfish)
· Question future decision making capabilities
· Practice a loss of time, energy, and resources into a relationship or person that does not uitgang
Reasons Why People Engage te Catfishing Behaviors
· Vengeance for being jilted or hurt te the past
· Creating a life or persona unlike their own
· Solicit money or gifts from another person
· Boredom/ bring excitement into their lives
· Lack of confidence
· Difficulty being fair
While the process of online dating has made it lighter to meet others and find happiness, it has also brought with it unintended negative aspects, such spil, false representation, lack of honesty and authenticity, unsavory motives, self-doubt, etc. Catfishing is certainly not a victimless act, it has the capacity to create emotional harm, and distress to persons that feel they have bot deceived, used, and abjected. The person that is “catfished” is usually emotionally invested ter the person that they believe they are talking to, leading to an imbalance ter an already non-existent relationship. It can be emotionally devastating for the victim when they find out that the person they think they have fallen ter love with does not exist or is not who they say they are. The deception involved te catfishing can lead to both individual and public embarrassment, prompting the individual to become overly critical of others, suffer from self-esteem issues, trust issues, or self-isolate. Catfishing can cause further harm to an already fragile sense of self, i.e., persons that already suffer from self-esteem issues can practice extra stress by being deceived. The consequences of the emotional and psychological harm caused by catfishing can be fairly severe, leading to depression or even suicide.
Helpful Tips to Avoid Being Catfished
· They won’t Skype or use a webcam to talk with you, they often text, choose telephone voeling or they repeatedly pantalla in-person meetings at the last minute.
· They profess their love for you indeed quickly
· They have a profile that looks fresh or incomplete, with a lotsbestemming of pertinent information missing
· They ask you to send them money or buy them gifts
· He or she seems “too good to be true.”
· The profile picture emerges to be a stock pic, grainy, or old
· They give you confusing or conflicting information
Tarra Bates-Duford, Ph.D., MFT
My name is Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford PhD, MFT, CRS, CMFSW, BCPC I have a PhD ter forensic Psychology specializing ter familial dysfunctions and traumatic practice. I work with individuals and families fighting with familial dysfunctions, verwonding, pescador, and incest. I also have a masters te Marriage, Couples, & Family therapy. I am a certified relationship specialist with American Psychotherapy Association (#15221). She is also a certified Relationship Experienced (American Psychotherapy Association #15221). I have more than 15 years te the field of mental health, relationships, and behavioral sciences.