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He travels with one of the couple for the meeting, helping to highlight skeptical elements of the story along the way, asking them to question why the relationship has unfolded as it has.

Sometimes things are what they appear to be and distance or time has kept the couple from formally meeting, but often there's an element of deception; for example, people may look nothing like their photographs or may be pretending to be of another gender or are in another relationship.

Nev connected with Abby, and subsequently her family, over email, phone, and eventually Facebook.

His relationship with Megan grew until discrepancies in the information she shared were revealed.

The growing popularity of online dating The dating scene has been changing over the last decade.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005.

Users are required to create a profile, which helps to establish an online identity.

Over time a user's sum total of online activities paint a picture of who that user may be but we don't always question this information.

We highlight knowledge, skills, and tendencies that help establish our connection to particular social groups—and hopefully the person in front of us well.

Sociologist Erving Goffman believed that this sort of editing of the self to shape the impression we make on others sits at the core of social interaction.

But in this social strategy, how do we know that anyone is who they claim to be?

And more importantly, could we spot a catfish if one swam into our network?

When questioned, she was evasive, prompting more questions and leading to additional disappointments as Nev discovered that not everything was as it seemed.