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Old 11-23-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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Have you or anyone you know ever been duped into falling for someone online only to find out that the person you care for doesn't exist?

There's a documentary called Catfish that follows the story of a young man who falls for a woman over the net. They talk for 8 months and he ends up surprising her with a visit. You can guess what happens next. (I watched this today and it was surprisingly heartbreaking.)

Is this common? What is the mentality behind it?

And why would someone let an internet relationship go on for such a long time? 8 months? 10 years?


(MTV currently has a series based on the documentary and it's really eye-opening. Next one is about a woman who has talked to a man for 10 years and never met him.)
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Nope because I'm not that pathetic to fall in love with a username typing random messages that any 50 year old pedophile could create.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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A friend of mine got 'catfished' pretty bad a while back. She met a guy online through a chatroom and they kept up a 'relationship' for a few years. She finally decided to visit him and found out he was 25 years older than she thought and was married with a few kids.

Luckily, my horrific trust issues come in handy here because I never trust anything anyone tells me online unless I can verify it IRL.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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A friend of mine got 'catfished' pretty bad a while back. She met a guy online through a chatroom and they kept up a 'relationship' for a few years. She finally decided to visit him and found out he was 25 years older than she thought and was married with a few kids.
No offense to your friend but that's absolutely hilarious.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Let me guess, did she look completely different in person?

And I've read stories of people communicating for years but never meeting. I had a friend in college that used MSN to chat with girls in Europe.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:07 PM
 
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And I've read stories of people communicating for years but never meeting. I had a friend in college that talked to girls in Europe for months.
What on earth is the point of that?
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Central California
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That's why real life is better than online. They might end up being crazy but at least you know they're hot .

In other news, catfish tastes really good.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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No offense to your friend but that's absolutely hilarious.
Yeah, dealing with a person's heartbreak and watching her spiral down is an absolute crack up!

She's been single ever since and it's been about 5 years...she simply cannot trust anyone after that.

Yep. Hilarious.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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Let me guess, did she look completely different in person?

And I've read stories of people communicating for years but never meeting. I had a friend in college that talked to girls in Europe for months.
She wasn't who she said at all. I think she said she was 19 years old, but in reality was 40 something and married with kids. She also created multiple profiles on facebook to keep her ruse up. She also involved her own young daughter in her stories.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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About a yr or so ago... CaptainCattfish posted something and I frigging roared with laugher, it was legendary, I still talk about it til this day, it was some of the best comedy writing I have EVER seen in my whole life.... I laugh just thinking about it...

It was great.

It was legendary.

It was the shizit.


So yes... I've be 'catfished'..........
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