Or you could go in headfirst and write "Attention all shoppers, I am overweight" in the first line of your profile.But that seems a bad way to start a potential relationship.We've actually been taught that this makes us good networkers—even thought it overlooks quality in favor of quantity—because the objective is to cast as wide a net as possible when building a network.But in this social strategy, how do we know that anyone is who they claim to be?This data represents a significant shift in the perception of online dating, suggesting that the stigma associated with the practice is dropping: While some of us may Friend more discriminately than others, we live in a time where it's common to build online networks that include secondary and tertiary connections.So don't look so sheepish if you've ever added your friend's aunt's step-brother's son or a random bartender or significant other of a friend you haven't spoken to since high school to one of your online networks—you aren't alone!
An understatement at the time, maybe, but online personal ads are like property ads, everyone knows what "renovator's dream", "charming" or "quaint" really mean.
And more importantly, could we spot a catfish if one swam into our network?
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).
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005.
Additionally, 42% of Americans know someone who has used an online dating site or app, an increase of 11% from 2005, and 29% of Americans know someone who has met their partner through this medium, compared with 15% who made this claim in 2005.