Catfish: The TV Show (Or How Lying Got Me A Show On MTV About Lying, And Not In A Hip Ironic Sort Of Way)
I was watching that MTV show Catfish (based on the “documentary” of the same title) on Hulu and I’m pretty shocked. Not because people aren’t who they say they are – that’s to be expected – but because people are so. fucking. dumb.
These ridiculous scenarios would not happen to someone who actually uses the Internet… apparently we have a whole generation of supposedly “computer-literate” people whose skills start with Word and end with Facebook. I’m sure they are all putting their overpriced quad-core MacBooks to good use browsing Tumblr for pictures to repost on Facebook (thats me scoffing). No, but really, I’m shocked.
Maybe I am just super neurotic, but I google everything… like, everything. I google a few dozen times a day just on trivial things like “why does my left foot itch when I sneeze?” or “which US cities have the least sunny days per year?” Of course I don’t google those exact words… those are fucking terrible search queries, but you get the point: There is just no excuse for ignorance on this level anymore, at least not when you have a fucking computer in your pocket at all times and a world of information literally at your fingertips.
What infuriates me about this show is its general attitude towards online relationships. If you’re a fucking retard, sure, beware, but I met my fiancé on an AIM chatroom 9 years ago when we were 17 and 19 years old and I know a lot of people who’ve done the same. The schmucks on this show are in their 20s and Facebook is waaaay less skeezy than the chatrooms of yore, so tell me, what’s their excuse?
Catfish is warning people away from internet dating, yet it remains pretty much the only shot you have at finding someone who hates all the same things you do (the mark of true love) and shares your particular taste in music, film, religion, etc (in that order, hahaha). If you want to settle for someone you met at work and argue over the music playing in the car and have to compromise on every single thing your entire life, or worse, change into what your partner wants to avoid conflict, then congratulations, how very conventional of you, please send my regards to the status quo and feel free to ignore internet dating.
Just a footnote, but this show appears to be run by a hypocrite because this Nev Schulman guy definitely faked his documentary and as far as my gaydar (and Google’s gaydar) is concerned, he’s faking something else, too.