I was working and binge-watching MTV’s Catfish TV show and I realized the show is a painful reflection of online dating and the new social media culture. The episodes follow the same script; a lone guy or girl solicits Nev and Max’s help to discover if this amazingly hot person is really who they say they are. Usually the solicitor has waited for weeks, months and even years without laying their eyes on this person, but what they do have are pictures that rate at least a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10. Instead of exercising judgement, the solicitors hope and pray, holding tight to that last shred of hope that a super hot person is really out there waiting just for them.
The hypocrisy the show reveals in all of us is almost laughable. All these tender moments shared texting, talking on the phone and even e-mailing; are only relevant if the person is indeed just as attractive as their pictures. At the point of the “reveal”, when Nev and his sidekick Max find the catfish and it’s discovered that they are an average person, without the filtered qualities of an Instagram selfie, you can see the disappointment chased by anger, slowly cross the solicitors face.