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The Deceptive World Of Online Dating

Editor’s Note: this article and infographic about the deceptive world of online dating is provided by our friends at Instant Checkmate

Have you ever been looking for the right person online, and once you’ve found them you realize that you’ve been tricked? Well, you’re not alone. This is what’s commonly known as catfishing, and thanks to a popular show on MTV, catfishing has become more popular than ever. According to, a catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or any other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

Catfishing And The Deceptive World Of Online Dating

Catfishing And The Deceptive World Of Online Dating

A large number of online daters are guilty of lying on in their profile, from having their picture be altered or simply an older picture of themselves, to saying that they are rich and powerful, to lying about something ridiculous like their height. Most women are guilty of lying about their weight, while most men lie about their economic status. In 2012, Facebook released stats that roughly 83.09 million of their users were, in fact, fake. Some warning signs are more obvious than others, like a fake-looking user profile pictures or an unnatural eagerness to get close and communicate in some other means.

Aside from online dating sites, online gaming sites are also perfect breeding ground for catfish, especially those which have animated or cartoon avatars that one can build from scratch. And since there is no accurate way to tell if someone online is lying about who they are, the number of people who are caught by catfish seems to be growing. There are websites that can run background checks on people, however a simple Internet search will sometimes give you all of the information that you need to avoid being catfished.

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