Recently, I was hooked up with this very interesting reality TV series that MTV was cooking up. It was based from a documentary film about Nev Schulman and his online relationship with a woman he met online. The woman Megan Flacco turned out to be another person and not the smoking hot model chick. Although heart-broken, Nev and the woman became friends and the good thing about his unforgettable experience, it was documented on film.

I have been into a similar situation before and it is really embarrassing experience that can be very traumatic for some people. I mean it is difficult to believe to have an online relationship without seeing each other and having the benefit of physical interaction and emotional intimacy. Investing yourself too much of your time and emotion on a person that you haven't really met. For all you know, the person could be someone else. It is too good to be true for some people dating with someone who may look like Brad Pitt or a hot chick straight out from Playboy or FHM.

In today's world, many people are hooked to Facebook and other social networking and online dating sites than ever before. In fact, some people have multiple accounts of both real and fake people. Even identity thieves take identity from people and misinform the person they are interacting in a different way. So many online fakes out there that if you fall for it, its just like being punked so bad that you can't really recover.

So why the term "catfish"? By definition, a "catfish" is a person who creates fake profiles online and pretends to be someone they are not by using someone else's pictures and information. These "catfish" use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, usually with the intention of getting other people or a person to fall in love with them. According to Nev: "They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They'd keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank God for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn't have somebody nipping at our fin."

Falling in love is not an easy road to take because that's what makes everything special. It is an emotional roller-coaster with its highs and lows but the sad thing if you put other scenarios and circumstances to the mix like deceptions, lies, and jealousy. How will that work? How will you feel if your partner is not the person that you think they are?

Its hard to imagine and believe that some people still fall for this. I mean, we are now living in a digital age and not having to communicate face to face should not be hindrance especially if you live in the United States. Besides, why go for a relationship with a person you haven't even seen? So many questions regarding the persons identity is enough to remind yourself about potential deception. Red flags happen all the time from the very get go. People try to deceive and manipulate others especially if a fake profile is used.

Uncovering a catfish is all about being vigilant and curious to every single information you see online. The sad thing is that there are many gullible and emotionally vulnerable people who fall prey to these online fakes and identity thieves. What's your experience with a catfish? Tell us what you think.

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