Schulman was flooded with emails from people in similar situations so, with the help of an MTV film crew, he and his film buddy Max Joseph decided to pursue the leads and film the results for Catfish: The TV Show.The first episode of this 12-part series aired last week.‘The people we meet in the show are often just looking to the internet for answers and end up getting tangled in their web fantasy,’ says Schulman.
It will pick up immediately after the events of the season one finale, where Carter (Kathryn Prescott) woke up to realize her "mother"/kidnapper Lori (Milena Govich) drugged and kidnapped her against her will...
The drama picks up right where it was left, in the back of Lori's car with the kidnapped Carter more scared than ever," MTV's official synopsis for season two says.
It even inspired a term that found its way into the urban dictionary.
A catfish is ‘someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances’.
‘Both men and women are concerned about body image and I think people find it easier to express themselves behind a mask.’ If you do find yourself in an online romance, Dr Stocchi says you should use Google to your advantage.
‘You can use this to be a lot more certain about the person you’re dating,’ he says.
It follows ‘hopefuls’ who have fallen in love online but are yet to meet their partner for whatever reason.
The series includes a farmer who believes he’s dating a former Miss Teen USA/Playboy model and a young woman who wonders why the guy she’s been in daily contact with for the past ten years, and plans to marry, won’t meet her in person.
You can’t account for what’s going to happen in real life. She wanted critique for her artwork but was too embarrassed to do it under her own name and she was also using this online fantasy as an escape from her real world.’ According to Dr Stocchi, a lot of people are terrified of judgment, which is why they might go under a different profile online.
The chemistry might not be there, even after months of correspondence.’ Schulman was left heartbroken by Angela’s deception but, he says, ‘weirdly’ they have become friends. ‘We now live in a very voyeuristic society,’ he says.
One thing that is recurring on the show is that not only is the person not legit, but they also tend to be fat.