“I still ended up sleeping with her”
“I get that some girls are insecure, but that doesn’t give them the right to fool someone else. The first time I was catfished, I still ended up sleeping with her, but halfway through, I stopped and said: “Sorry, I can’t continue.” I didn’t want to make her feel bad so I just said I was too tired. I even made her a toastie and chatted for a bit.
When she wanted to hook up for the second time that same night, I lied and said I was too tired and asked if she wanted to do it another time. I called her a cab (which I paid for!) and ghosted her after.” Jeremy Y.*, 26
*Name has been changed
WHY DO PEOPLE EVEN DO THIS?
Jolene Hwee, psychologist and clinical director at Womancare Psychological Services, explains why catfishing is even a thing:
“The catfish uses a false identity to gain social validation and romance to fill an emotional void. Very often, the catfish is acting out of loneliness and uses this persona to escape reality. Other reasons include dissatisfaction with their physical appearance and ongoing struggles with social connection.”
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