‘Kittenfishing’ is now a thing – and you may even be guilty of it

By Kim Abrahams
13 July 2017

Why not just keep it real?

In a world where dating is already tricky, social media and digitisation don’t exactly make it any more stress-free.

It’s easy to lie and even easier to be fooled.

And now an online dating site has given a name to a new way of being duped.

It’s been dubbed ‘catfishing lite’ – and many have fallen victim to it before.

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According to Hinge, an online dating site, kittenfishing is when someone you’ve never met in person but communicate with digitally sells you an amplified version of themselves.

What makes it different from catfishing is that the culprit doesn’t use someone else’s identity to portray it as their own, but instead uses their own identity and alters it in such a way that they become more appealing.

It extends further than simply lying about your appearance. Those who kittenfish lie about their accomplishments, hobbies, dislikes and even how tall they are.


Kittenfishing involves either using an older picture of yourself (where today’s wrinkles were yesterday’s laughs and the extra meat on your hips was but a touch to your lips) or editing your pictures to the point of unrecognition.

“We have to wonder if people think this is harmless or if people do it intentionally,” says Nikki Leigh, a love coach and host of Ready for Love Radio.

She believes lying about their appearance or accomplishments do people more harm than good.

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“It’s sad they don’t realise that they aren’t doing themselves any favours and they are actually hurting their own chances if they are really looking for a date or love and they are hurting other people.”

And we agree.

Sources: metro.co.uk, bustle.com, huffingtonpost.co.uk 

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