Over in the forums, there’s a discussion about the new TV show “Catfish” on MTV, a reality show about online dating based on the documentary movie of the same name (which is an awesome film). In the show, Nev Schulman, who starred in the film, and his friend and filmmaker Max Joseph help couples who have never met in real life and aim to find out whether these people are in fact who who they portray themselves as online or whether they’re “catfish” — an “online figure who pretends to be someone they are not by using someone else’s pictures and information.”
Of course, we here aren’t strangers to the idea of people who have never met in real life “dating” online. I get letters from these people all the time asking for advice. But I’m curious: have you ever had a relationship with someone strictly online — someone you’d never met in person?