Dating in the digital age involves keeping up with evolving trends and terminology. Ghosting involves disappearing without explanation and can affect self-esteem, as you tend to blame and question yourself. I suggest blocking the ghoster on all digital sites to avoid the potential of having that person haunt you. In retrospect, I was a bencher, a breadcrumber, a future-faker and more. Benching refers to dating someone in a low-effort, noncommittal way that puts that person on the back burner.
Don’t Get Caught in a Catfishing Net of Lies
CatSG: Fishing cat
Catfishing is a type of deceptive activity where a person creates a sock puppet social networking presence, or fake identity on a social network account, usually targeting a specific victim for deception. Catfishing is often employed for romance scams on dating websites. Catfishing may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, or simply as a form of trolling or wish fulfillment. Catfishing media has been produced, often centering around victims who wish to identify their catfisher. Celebrities such as Manti Te'o , Ray Allen and Chris Andersen have been targeted, which has also brought media attention to catfishing practices.
Catfishing: What Parents Need to Know
Catfishing is common on social networking and online dating sites. Sometimes a catfish's sole purpose is to engage in a fantasy. Sometimes, however, the catfish's intent is to defraud a victim, seek revenge or commit identity theft. Either way, a catfish exploits the fact that people are often willing to ignore warning signs that a friend or acquaintance may not be who they claim to be. In an online relationship, such signs include refusals to meet in person, refusals to video chat, claims of a serious disease or injury, unusually attractive profile images, personal information that doesn't add up, or requests for money.
If you have engaged with internet culture at all in recent years, you have probably come across the term "catfish", first coined in the documentary of the same name. A catfish is someone who uses false information to cultivate a persona online that does not represent their true identity. This commonly involves using stolen or edited photos, usually taken from an unwitting third party.