5 Things We Can All Learn From Catfish


Are you online dating? Read this article for five things that you can learn from MTV's Catfish.

Catfish the television show sure has had its fair share of jaw-dropping moments. With the stakes being raised higher than ever in season two, anyone who watches this show will often find themselves scratching their heads, wondering how anyone could have fell for such obvious deceits in the first place. Well before we go judging these people as simple minded fools, let's give them a break. When it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes common sense flies right out the window. And let's face it, it can happen to any one of us if we don't have our guards up as online daters. Let's take a look at a few things that we can learn from watching season two of Catfish.

1. Think with the right body part.

No this isn't a dirty euphemism. I am referring to using your brain, not your heart when making life-changing decisions. If something logically seems a little too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Beware of outlandish professions.

Models, singers, and other glamorous professions are usually the number one signs of Catfish at play. When you are meeting Internet strangers, focus on those have seem to have more realistic careers.

3. Check the Facebook.

This one cannot be stressed enough. The Facebook of an average person will usually have between one hundred and three hundred friends at most, a ton of pictures, and many comments on the wall. If you are dealing with a Facebook that is void of these qualities, it is a huge tell that you are dealing with a fake profile.

4. The other person refuses to video chat.

Video cameras come with most computers these days. There is no reason for anyone to avoid facing the camera unless he or she has a face that needs to be hidden.

5. Don't get involved in long distance affairs.

There is a reason that most of the people on this show live so far away. It provides a perfect excuse to not meet up and continue the deceit. There is no reason to ever entertain the idea of a long distance love affair if their are likely many single candidates right in your own backyard.

Bottom line: Those who Catfish are deceitful people who need to be avoided at all costs. But just because they are the ones at fault, doesn't mean we shouldn't be doing our part to avoid them. Follow these five tips and reduce your odds of being the next victim.

Joshua Pompey provides dating advice to men and women of all ages. Read this article on dating profiles for plenty of free tips and advice.