Internet Friends Or Catfish?
Start writing a post

Internet Friends Or Catfish?

Not everyone on the Internet is necessarily a catfish.

Internet Friends Or Catfish?
We Heart It

So I know that many people are against meeting people online because of the MTV show "Catfish," or because you don’t know whom you’re talking to online. That’s definitely true if the other person won’t talk on the phone or video chat, and all that you see of them are pictures and texts. Then I can definitely see how it can get sketchy and suspicious. However, what if you meet someone online, video chat/talk on the phone with them constantly and confide in them? Everyone deals with meeting people online in a different way, but thankfully, all of my experiences have turned out positive.

While reading this, you may be thinking, “This girl is crazy. Why would she be advocating meeting a stranger online?” I’m most certainly not trying to persuade people into thinking that everyone you meet online is all smiles and sincerity. Of course, there are pedophiles and weird stalkerish people on the Internet, but there are also people whom you never knew you had so much in common with on the Internet as well. Before I begin, let me also mention that though I’ve conversed with some people from my past fan pages that I’ve had or mutual friends, I’ve never shared any information such as my address, school, etc.

Now that I’ve got that cleared up, I’ll share a few Internet friends of my own. On Facebook, I met this girl through a few mutual friends, and it led to us messaging each other. I didn’t think much of it at first, but this girl ended up being one of my best friends. She lives in Canada, which is about seven hours away from where I currently live. It sounds crazy, I know, but she was someone whom I could confide in with anything, and she never judged me. Of course we Skype and Facetime, so I knew that she wasn’t a catfish or a pedophile posing as a 15-year-old girl at the time. We even met up when I went to visit Niagara Falls, and our parents got to talking, and it was an overall great day. I’ve known this girl for six years, and she’s still one of my best friends to this day.

Another wonderful soul that I ended up meeting on Twitter, through a mutual interest in music, was a Rachel Platten fan. Since she’s one of my favorite artists, I tweet a lot about her music, vote for her when she’s nominated for awards, etc. This one girl ended up retweeting/favoriting a majority of my Rachel tweets, so at one point, we ended up direct messaging.

Let me tell you guys right now that when I say she’s the sweetest person on Earth, I truly mean that. Her dedication toward Rachel is unbelievable, and she doesn’t even live in the U.S. When you first meet her, she immediately seems like the type of girl who wouldn’t even touch a fly, let alone kill it, and that’s exactly how her personality is. Not a lot of my friends share the same musical interest as I do, so it’s nice to finally be able to talk about Rachel’s music with someone, without having to bring up “Fight Song” every time they ask who she is.

The moral of the article is that not everyone you meet online is out to get you or catfish you. Of course, you should be careful when talking to someone, and unless you’ve met them several times in person and you get a sense of who they are, I advise against sharing your address or any personal information. However, if you do end up meeting a person who shares mutual interests with you, or you feel like that person understands you and isn’t judgmental, then that can be an amazing feeling and you could’ve just made a best friend for the long run. Just make sure you know who they are if you continue talking to them, and please try not to wait a year before video chatting or talking on the phone with them. Much like the victims on the "Catfish" show, you don’t want to be disappointed and heartbroken if the person you’ve been confiding in this whole time wasn’t being truthful about who they were that entire time.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Panic! At The Disco Announces Breakup After 19 Years

Band Makes Breakup Announcement Official: 'Will Be No More'

panic at the disco

It's the end of an era. Originally formed in 2004 by friends in Las Vegas, Panic! At The Disco is no more.

Brendon Urie announced on Instagram that the band will be coming to an end after the upcoming Europe tour. He said that he and his wife are expecting a baby, and the life change weighed heavily in his mind to come to this decision. "Sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin," he said.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Odyssey's response writer community is growing- read what our new writers have to say!


Each week, more response writers are joining the Odyssey community. We're excited to spotlight their voices on as they engage in constructive dialogue with our community. Here are the top three response articles of last week:

Keep Reading... Show less

To Mom

There are days when you just need your mom

To Mom

There really is no way to prepare yourself for the loss of someone. Imagine that someone being the one who carried you for 9th months in their belly, taught you how to walk, fought with you about little things that only a mother and daughter relationship could understand. You can have a countless number of father figures in your life, but really as my mom always said, " you only get one mom."

Keep Reading... Show less

The Way People In Society are Dating is Why I Don't Date

I need someone to show that they want me for me, not that they're using me to chase the idea of being in a relationship.

The Way People In Society are Dating is Why I Don't Date

You hear your phone go off. He's asking you to hang out. Then, of course, you get the advice of your friends to decipher this text. Is it just hanging out or is it more than hanging out? You've probably done this at least once in your life or at least seen a tweet where someone posted their screenshots with a potential love interest.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

Winter Break As Told By 'Friends'

Is a month at home too much to handle?


If you're anything like me, winter break is a much-needed light at the end of the tunnel after a long, stressful semester. Working hard for 15 weeks can really take a toll on a person mentally, physically AND emotionally. It's a nice change of pace to be back at home with your family and friends, but after a couple weeks, it can get, well... boring.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments