Catfish: A Happy Ending

I’ve been eagerly waiting for the Catfish finale, and I have to say, I was quite pleased when I shut off MTV and went to bed after the episode aired.

However, (spoiler alert) I couldn’t believe the guy stayed with the girl in the end. First, although she did show her face and was the girl in the photos, she lied about too much. She said she owned a store and didn’t. She lied about her location. She talked to other people online and lied to them, too.

However, despite her conniving ways, I did feel sorry for her. She was a bully victim and her own family made fun of her. It’s pretty bad when people who should be supporting you are calling you fat and ugly, so it’s hard to completely blame her for wanting to take on fake personas online. Still, when you start lying to people who want to get to know the real you, you’re only hurting yourself (and it’s time for a therapist).

It wasn’t the most exciting episode, and sadly there was no preview for season 2…but hopefully there will be soon.

If you’re thinking of delving into an online relationship in the meantime, Dr. Phil’s website has a useful article on Catfish Warning Signs. I would like to add one thing to that article – if the person says they don’t have a cell phone, run for the hills. What person doesn’t have a cell phone these days?

Even though I giggle while I read these types of tips, I do realize people get conned everyday. Furthermore, I recognize I am a digital native and grew up with online social networks. While the fakes may seem obvious to you or I, for older individuals or even those looking for love/in denial, it’s not always so cut and dry. Regardless, it’s important to be smart, safe, and for goodness’ sake, do not send anyone money like this poor guy did.