Catfished? Or Manti Teo’d?

In spite of recent imaginary girlfriend news involving Notre Dame’s star football player, Manti Teo, as well as the online, dishonest relationships documented on the popular MTV series Catfish, we find the youth of America struggling to define an online relationship gone wrong.

With the dramatically growing problem of teens and young adults developing fake social media accounts, and using said-accounts to portray oneself as better-looking, female, and overall more successful in life, can we now refer to it as being “Manti Teo’d”? Calling an embarrassing, failed online relationship made up of deceit and lies a “Manti Teo” seems to be a smidge less humiliating than being named a “Catfish”, or in other words, a heavy, long fish with whiskers.

The Colonel turned to the University of Kentucky’s campus for answers. To get a boy’s view on being “Catfished” or “Manti Teo’d”, we asked sophomore David Lewis. He responded, “I once caught a catfish. It was mighty big.”

When asking Becky Turner, a junior at the university, what she thought on the matter she aggressively replied, “Who gives a [poop] about Manti Teo? All I know is that if a college football athlete can’t find love, there’s no hope for the rest of us.”

This ultimately seems to be a mounting issue in the young population of America– finding freaks online to fall in love with, or never finding a love at all. Which makes us ask: are there as many fish in the sea as they say? Or is there an ever-increasing population of catfish in these waters?

By Patty Nancy

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