lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.
“he was being catfished by a cruel prankster”
The term ‘catfish’ has gained popularity over the last few years, stemming from the 2010 documentary “Catfish’ and continuing with the MTV series with the same title. People hiding behind their screens, pretending to be someone they are not, often with the intention of gaining and maintaining a relationship with someone over the internet. The victims of cat fishing are often understandably hurt, betrayed and upset, but are we all in a way catfishing????
Obviously, not all of us go to the extremes of claiming another person’s identity as our own with the intent to seduce someone online, but to a small extent could our online media presence be a form of catfishing? There is often a certain pressure to present yourself in the best possible way, making your lifestyle look desirable to audiences and making your Instagram feed A E S T H E T I C A L L Y pleasing. Certain social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook are standard platforms for portraying ourselves as what is ideal to society. It’s very rarely an indicator of moral depravity, but instead an instinctual and universal desire that motivates us all.