What Reverse Catfishing Is

What Reverse Catfishing Is

Reverse catfishing is when someone decides to look less “desirable” rather than “better” in dating apps or various social media platforms. These days, people are not deceived by what they see on social media. We have realized not every positive picture on social media means the person is happy in real life. The same applies to dating apps. That is why people trying online dating have started using pictures that talk more about their personalities than their looks.

Why Do People Do This?

People practice reverse catfishing to get connections based on their personality rather than their looks.

What’s The Motive/Benefit?

Reverse catfishing helps people get authentic connections.

Do You Think Reverse Catfishing Is Ethical, Or No?

Reverse catfishing is ethical if you share your true self-image. While getting connections based on your personality is cool, you don’t want to get your appearance off the table completely. I mean that your appearance on your profile picture should match your appearance in real life. A mismatched appearance can make your love interest think you are not a straightforward person, which is not good.

Any Tips for People Who Want to Meet People That Aren’t Just Interested in Their Looks, But Don’t Want to Resort to Reverse Catfishing?

The best way to get genuine connections without resorting to reverse catfishing is to share many pictures of yourself. Share pictures of your face and those of you doing activities you enjoy, including hiking, parasailing or riding horses.

Julia Davis

Mental health expert
MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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