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How much truth is there to the movie, "Catfish"

  1. IntimatEvolution profile image82
    IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago

    With the recent buzz about the independent film, "Catfish" how much truth is there really to it?

    Are we hubbers, much like the woman casted for the movie?  As noticed recently in forum issues, such as one posted by Ryankett recently titled, "Why have so many people left?".  (A forum thread containing the ongoing sagas and rantings of 'real life' people, on another forum site.) 

    I mean some of the drama that is taking place over there is really quite scary.  Makes you wonder just how many of us might even be considered clinically ill?

    I thought this article about the wildly, popular, independent film "Catfish" was real interesting.  I think the movie and the article hits home on many of the issues facing fellow hubbers today.  Issues such as mental illness, depression, loneliness, etc...  I have to say that I wasn't really aware of my surroundings.  I'm a woman who was needing a new hobby, and an outlet to help me grow as a woman. Now I'm finding out the sock puppet thing might have a new clinical name, Factitious Disorder. 
    I thought some of you might enjoy this.

    Here is an excerpt:

    "People with factitious disorder often make up elaborate stories because they are seeking attention or escapism. Others do for financial gain, stealing money from those who come together to support them. As Catfish shows, many are harmless and lonely people who suffer from depression or another mental illness."

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      i remember writing a film review on this once, and your right.  it's a powerful movie about the dangers of online relationships and dating.  Although I don't agree with film critics that say it's a "Hithcock" type film, as it resembles NOTHING of a hithcock caliber movie, as his films were typically ahead of their time in terms of story telling.  However, I do find "Catfish" to be a very interesting film.

      1. IntimatEvolution profile image82
        IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        What do you think of the disorder issue?  Do you think there is some truth behind it all?

        1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
          Stevennix2001posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          i think there is a lot of truth behind it, as I do agree with the article.  As I think some people lie online about who they are because they're affraid if they're themselves, then people would reject them for whatever reasons.  Hence, it's easy to be whoever you want online.  Heck, if i wanted to, I could probably sell myself off as being Brad Pitt, writing on hubpages, and as long I came up with a palatable story, then you'd be none the wiser.  Of course, that's a huge exaggeration, but you get my point. 

          Of course, I would never lie about myself online, nor have I ever done so.  Sure, I'm a lot more flirtatious with the ladies, but that's normally due to the fact that I don't get too many opportunities in real life, as I'm a bit shy.  Other than that, I can see what the author was saying, and I think it's sad that some people feel they have to do this.  Or for that matter, that some people do get coerced in a lot of online relationships.  Sure, there's a few that work out like my brother and his fiance, as they met online.  However, for every couple that does work out, there's like a 1000 or more that don't.  It's sad, but it's the truth.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    I've never heard of the film, but from the article, I would say this stuff happens more than we think. I would imagine a lot of that kind of attention seeking behavior comes from an unhappy childhood. those patterns of deceit and manipulation are part of a person unless they mature and work through their issues. some never do.

    I read something today I thought was quote worthy, "don't believe everything you think." people end up being deluded by their own 'imaginary' thoughts.

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image82
      IntimatEvolutionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well rebekahELLE, I think you nailed it here with your comment "people end up being deluded by their own 'imaginary' thoughts."

      I mean, now we have a movie about the subject matter, and a new mental health diagnoses.  I find that amazing. 

      I also found it a real eye opener when I went to that other forum site.  Because people were even wrapped up in who other people had facebooked.  They got seriously angry. 

      I have to say that this 40ty yr. old is really amazed at this type of crazy behavior.