Everyone knows the girl who has met her boyfriend online. Whether it be through eHarmony, Match.com or Facebook, when she says this, she is being judged. Yes, she posts about her “perfect dates” and post pictures of her presents from her one and only, but have you met him? The answer is probably no. He just so happens to live in another state, and obviously, when he is here visiting, she wants to spend alone time with him. The more she talks about him, the more you nod and act like you’re listening, but in your head you’re thinking “Is this girl serious?”
In Seventeen Magazine’s May 2013 issue, there was a feature story about online dating and the reality of it. Though the article cannot be found online, there is a survey that can be taken about your online identity. The article proceeded to tell its audience about MTV’s new show Catfish.
Catfish is show about online relationships. The host finds people who are currently involved with an online relationship and takes them to meet his or her lover for the first time. Out of the entire first season, one out of the twelve episodes actually ended up being the real, true person they portrayed to be.
So what does that mean for us? First, be yourself. This is something that we learn from day one; to be true to yourself. There are times when we may all be feeling down about ourselves, but there are many other ways to get a pick-me-up other than creating a fake profile. Second, watch what you say and who you trust. Meeting strangers can be dangerous. They can use your words against you. They can be lying to you, claiming they are someone who they are not. And finally, be smart and trust your instinct.