Just recently I’ve found this TV show called Catfish, on MTV. I’ve only caught two episodes so far, but I have to admit I love it. At a first glance, it appears to just be trashy reality TV and I suppose to some extent it is. But watching it I’ve found myself invested in every single story, picking a side and hoping or wishing for one outcome or another. Here is the trailer so you can understand the concept:
Nev and Max are really likeable. They take on each case and make it feel like they have a genuine personal interest, not just for the sake of the show. They give good advice, seem to sincerely connect with the person who contacted them, and follow up on each outcome a month later.
The thing I like the most though I think, is the detective aspect. After meeting the original person – the one concerned about the person they’ve met over the internet – Nev and Max do some research. They check out the usual social network sites and if something suspicious flags up, they look into it more. As someone who has spent over 15 years on the internet, I know exactly what its like to be talking to someone who isn’t who they say they are. I’ve spoken to girls who turned out to be boys and guys who claimed to be older than they actually were. Luckily I’ve never had any terrifying experiences, but I have had a few close calls. I’ll be honest, I’ve even been one of those people pretending to be someone I wasn’t – though not to the extent the people in Catfish do.
The internet is such a fascinating place, so full of information, ways to meet people and other wonderful things. However it does obviously have its dangers – and when feelings and relationships are concerned, can be very dodgy ground. If you’re at all interested, I suggest you check out Catfish on MTV. I’m not intrigued to actually look up the original Catfish documentary, where Nev was the one meeting someone who wasn’t who they said they were!