The Manti Te’o Hoax: 5 Reasons People Create Fake Girlfriends (According to Catfish)

The 'Catfish' TV show, which introduces viewers to the people on both sides of online identity hoaxes, provides insight into why they do what they do

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Jmar008
Jmar008

I'm not sure I believe the whole "Manti Te'o Hoax." It seems way more probable that the story was made to create buzz for his Heisman nomination and that he was personally involved. But this is the first time I've considered the possibility of a "Catfish," and seeing as this generation is far more inclined to meet friends and significant others online, I can imagine that it happens quite often. Especially in the cases of bullying and attention seeking. I have several friends who've been bullied by "fake" people on facebook and twitter.

Excellent article and insight to this situation! I hadn't considered the reasons behind impersonation online, and this has introduced quite a few new possibilities to me. 

soccom358
soccom358

Should Manti Teo be embarrassed because he was the object of a hoax or because he maintained an imaginary relationship over a long period of time with someone he never actually met? I don’t think he should be embarrassed about the latter, as a researcher who has studied the phenomenon of imaginary social relationships over the past twenty years, I find they are quite common; we all engage in imaginary social relationships to one degree or another. People don’t want to admit to them, because of what might be called the “ickiness” factor. I have written more about the Teo affair here: http://socialmediatoday.com/nalperstein/1184586/manti-teos-imaginary-social-relationship

sage80_wanker
sage80_wanker

Homophobia is a fake term made up by sexual radicals to marginalize anyone who doesn't share their lifestyle, as suffering from a medical illness. As opposed to pointing out a real psychological illness...like homosexuality.

thewholetruth
thewholetruth

Let me sum this sitituation up in one sentence:    This is the dumbest generation of Americans ever

TrajanSaldana
TrajanSaldana

this hasn't spun completely out of control now? 2-3 days at most would have been sufficient...drop this already

wu
wu

Each of these examples exhibit sociopathic behavior.