Catfish Couples: Where Is Your Logic?

June 24, 2013


As the years go on, generations find more ways to extend upon their current communicating methods. Communication has transformed from writing letters to emailing to texting to skyping and video chatting…and it’s only going to grow from there.

Technology has essentially changed our lives forever—in every aspect. When arriving at a friend’s house, most of us shoot them text saying, “Hey I’m outside” instead formally going up to knock on their doors. I can also guarantee that most of us rarely talk on the phone anymore; texting is just much more convenient.

All of these upgrades even changed the game of dating. It doesn’t necessarily have to be face-to-face anymore. There’s a variety of dating websites, even ones that fit your religious preferences. With social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can “meet” tons of people daily. The downfall to this is that you never know who you’re actually talking to via the Internet. Sure they have a profile image and a few other pictures, but how do you know it’s valid?

If you aren’t familiar with the new MTV show Catfish (premiering its second season on Tuesday, June 25th), it is a documentary show following the lives of couples online dating, and then they eventually meet up. The movie stems from the 2010 documentary film Catfish. The thing is, they don’t always meet who they think they’re meeting. So the “catfish” is the person who creates a fake profile online.

The show is interesting and I have been an avid watcher, but I can’t help but think about how these people could be so stupid? I understand meeting someone online and starting a friendship, that is completely OK. However, I think it’d be kind of dire to meet this person before going any further. In one episode of Catfish, a couple had been talking for over 10 years, but never met. A decade is a long time…where exactly was your logic?

As I mentioned before, I have no distaste towards the show itself (and I’m all for a happy ending), but more towards the mindset of the people on there. I get you may be insecure, but don’t let that hold you back from getting into a legitimate relationship. And as for the people foolish enough to let a dating relationship go on so long without so much as video chatting with that person…you almost deserved to be catfished.

-Aisha R.

P.S. If you’ve ever wondered why they’re called “Catfish”, the woman’s husband from the Catfish documentary film recounted this story: “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.”


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