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Aside from being a delicious kind of river fish, a catfish is a slang term for someone who seduces a person with a false identity online.

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Although catfishing used to be seen more among adults using online dating platforms, it has now become a more widespread problem among adults and teenagers.

Some people who catfish go to extreme lengths to create fake identities — having multiple social media s with the purpose of building up and validating their catfishing profiles. People choose to catfish other people for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons people catfish include:. The most common reason people will catfish others is a lack of confidence.

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When someone is catfished, it can be extremely damaging to their mental health — especially if they are emotionally invested in a friendship or romantic relationship with the catfisher. Victims of catfishing can find it extremely difficult to trust after their experience — affecting relationships both personal and professional. Financial loss and mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression can all come about because of catfishing. This can lead to serious longterm problems such as anxiety disorders and depression. It can difficult to spot a catfish. Although the s you might be getting catfished can be different for each situation, some of the most common s that you could have fallen victim to catfishing include:.

Although most people feel confident that they would know if they were communicating with a completely fabricated identity, it is also very easy to assume after seeing a few images and some conversation that you are communicating with exactly who you are looking at in the images!

It is important to remember that although many of the s that you are being catfished listed above can be indicative of something sinister — they can also be completely innocent too.

5 s you’re being catfished

Avoiding getting catfished can be very difficult, because of the sheer volume of people we interact with online each day. Therefore it can be difficult to check each identity for authenticity, however there are tips to prevent or reduce your chances of being catfished.

Some of the ways you can prevent being catfished are:. With the world becoming increasingly digital, access to the internet is now widely considered to be a necessity rather than a conscious decision. Regardless of choice, our lives revolve around technology. We believe that everybody should have equal opportunities to embrace this technology and develop as an integral part of our new digital world without suffering abuse, harassment or intimidation.

What is catfishing? Why is it called catfishing?

Why do people catfish? Some of the reasons people catfish include: Insecurities — Someone might choose to catfish another person due to their own personal insecurities. Mental illness — Somebody suffering from some forms of mental illness might feel too anxious to reveal their true or authentic self.

There are many different conditions that can make people feel that the only way they can communicate with people effectively or with confidence is by pretending to be somebody else. They might want to hide who they are to troll others, talk to people outside of an existing relationship or in some cases, they might catfish with the intention of trying to extort money from the person they have targeted. They can also use fabricated identities to lure the person into a fake relationship to hurt them emotionally. Harassment — Some people set up multiple catfishing s to maximize the emotional impact when harassing someone online.

They might set up several social media s because the recipient of the harassment has blocked their initial catfishing or they might do it to create the impression that there are growing s of people participating in the abuse, in an attempt to overwhelm the victim.

Exploring sexual preference — When someone is confused or curious about their sexuality, they might create false profiles so they can confidently explore their curiosity without having to reveal their true identity.

The effects of catfishing When someone is catfished, it can be extremely damaging to their mental health — especially if they are emotionally invested in a friendship or romantic relationship with the catfisher. s that you might be being catfished It can difficult to spot a catfish. They might also have very few friends and show little or no interaction with them online.

How to spot a catfish

In order to avoid video chatting, catfishers make up excuses. To avoid this, some catfishers will agree to meet up with you to seem more authentic only to back out at the last moment. How can I prevent being catfished? Never giving out money — Some catfishers will target people in order to scam money from them. You should never give money to anybody who asks for it online.

Taking your time — Always be careful when sending images or sexually explicit messages to another person online. Talking to someone — If you have concerns about someone you are speaking to online, confide in someone you trust. New perspectives often bring new solutions! I had been struggling with despair and lost hope for much of the year, but then Cybersmile announced their ImACybersmiler campaign, to offset online negativity with positivity!

I had no idea when I ed that my life would be changed for the better. A Changing World With the world becoming increasingly digital, access to the internet is now widely considered to be a necessity rather than a conscious decision.

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Catfishing is when someone sets up a fake online profile to trick people who are looking for love, usually to get money out of them.
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