WHAT'S THE MEANING
Catfishing is a term which is defined as "luring someone into a relationship using fake information."
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that at least 53% of Americans fabricate parts of their dating profile? In fact, 1 in 10 profiles in an online dating app or site is either scammers or catfishers. While the most well-known method of catfishing involves using another person's photo, there's actually more to it. Simply lying about your own height, weight, or financial capabilities is also catfishing. Despite the issues that came with it, catfishing hasn't been made illegal yet. Although some things that are done within the practice can be acted upon by the law. Scammers who have successfully taken money from their victims can be tried for fraud, as well as doctoring or editing photos with the intention to humiliate or offend.
Majority of catfishing victims are online daters, and the reasons for doing so can vary. From revenge to loneliness to boredom, these are the most common motivations for catfishing. With the advancements in technology, it's getting more and more difficult to spot the red flags in an online friend or lover's persona. Some people even resort to using software which can convert male voice to female voice, and vice versa. With the rise of new catfishing methods and easily-accessible voice changer app for calls, the dangers of online relationships can only get worse.