What Do You Think of Fake Internet Relationships and Personas?
By Jane Collins on February 03, 2013
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This week's poll takes on a topic that I find utterly fascinating: fake Internet relationships. If you've been vacationing at the North Pole lately, you may have missed the story about Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te'o, who was (apparently) so deceived by a fake Internet girlfriend, he decided that he wanted to marry her. The creator of Manti's object of desire has recently turned out to be a guy who was hopelessly smitten by Manti. But wait ... there's more! This week's New Yorker online has a story about a man who created a fake fiance on Facebook, which escalated into a fake fancy church wedding. Friends and attendees found out it was all a hoax when they showed up with gifts in hand to find the groom LOLing over his clever ruse. Nobody was amused.
What do you think about all of these stories about fake relationships and fake personas on the Internet? Is it something you've tried? Do you think it's necessary in some cases for privacy purposes? Have you ever been fooled by this kind of thing? What would you do if it happened to you? Let us know on the poll and give us your story in the comments section!
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