The dating scene has been changing over the last decade. This data represents a significant shift in the perception of online dating, suggesting that the stigma associated with the practice is dropping:. Despite these signs of growing acceptance, an undercurrent of hesitation and uncertainty persists when it comes to online relationships:. While some of us may Friend more discriminately than others, we live in a time where it's common to build online networks that include secondary and tertiary connections. So don't look so sheepish if you've ever added your friend's aunt's step-brother's son or a random bartender or significant other of a friend you haven't spoken to since high school to one of your online networks—you aren't alone!
Catfishing is a deceptive activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking service , usually targeting a specific victim. Catfishing media has been produced, often featuring victims who wish to identify their catfisher. Celebrities have been targeted, which has brought media attention to catfishing practices.