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Pleasing to the eye Catfish are successful because their actions mirror offline behaviors.
We choose what we believe to be the best of ourselves to share with others.
The web has had a reputation as a place where anonymity is permitted.
However, social networking sites tend to encourage greater degrees of transparency.
They're emphatic, they're sympathetic, and they're like-minded.
The manipulation is so subtle that we don't realize the ways in which the "click" that is the hallmark of a relationship is being orchestrated.
She fabricated an entire life on Facebook using strangers' pictures and their information.
She even went so far as to have her fictitious characters interact with each other on Facebook to make it appear on though they were members of a real network.
Sociologist Erving Goffman believed that this sort of editing of the self to shape the impression we make on others sits at the core of social interaction.
When questioned, she was evasive, prompting more questions and leading to additional disappointments as Nev discovered that not everything was as it seemed.
He traveled to her home where he learned that Abby's mother was actually playing the part of Megan.
Nev connected with Abby, and subsequently her family, over email, phone, and eventually Facebook.
His relationship with Megan grew until discrepancies in the information she shared were revealed.
Casting a hook The term catfish was made popular by the 2010 documentary film by the same name (which has also morphed into a series on MTV).