October 1, 2013 catherinetownsend

Catfishing 101

Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson has reportedly become the latest victim of a ‘celebrity catfish’, according to TMZ, but I’m betting that he won’t be the last. Men may be even more likely to get sucked in to interacting with a fake person. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, love scams cost victims $50 million in 2011. It’s impossible to calculate how many hours of their lives were lost to dreaming, emailing, and talking to someone who doesn’t exist. Many victims don’t come forward because they are afraid that they will look stupid. They are right. Because love makes us all stupid. Think about it: Falling in love is chemically similar in the brain to doing a line of cocaine. Would you make any other major life decision while high? [. . .]





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