HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Prompt #3

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I think there is a lot of deceptive communication in online environments. Especially in this time because we mainly communicate online now. For some people it’s a lot harder to communicate in person. Even in college, if you want to speak to a professor you will most likely email them first before actually talking to them face to face. There is a show on MTV that came out in 2012 and it’s called Catfish. It is about people who meet online and have been talking for months or even years. The co hosts show different stories of different people. What happens is that they take you to meet the online person in real life. The show is called Catfish because the majority of the time the person you thought you were meeting isn’t actually who you were talking to the entire time. Usually it’s someone less attractive than the picture of who you thought it was or someone way older. There have been some instances where it was actually someone of your same gender pretending to be the opposite gender. I remember in high school we watched an episode of the show in my English class. On this particular episode the person was deceived by a close friend. The friend was getting back at him for something bad that he had done to him. Although the endings of this show are usually bad, there are some happy endings. Luckily, this type of situation has never personally happened to me or anyone I know. I do meet a lot of new people online, so I’m always a little worried this could happen to me. The majority of the people I meet either go to the same school as me or are from around the area. I noticed that in the show the relationships that were being formed were always long distance. I think this kind of deceptive communication could have severe consequences because you never know what could happen. Not only are you hurting the person by lying, but you don’t know how they’ll react when they find out the truth.


One thought on “Prompt #3

  1. I also agree with you that there is a lot of deceptive communication online. Although technology is a great way to meet new people a lot of the times, it is hard to trust someone when you don’t know them in person. Your point reminds me of a time that I was talking to a guy that I did not know in person, but I knew that he lived close to where I used to live, and he turned out to be different from what I thought.


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