Bait and switch and catfishing are related concepts but have some differences in their application and scope.
Bait and switch, as previously discussed, involves presenting something attractive or desirable to initially capture someone’s interest or commitment, only to change or substitute it with something less favorable or different later on. It can occur in various contexts, including sales, marketing, and relationships. In the context of relationships, bait and switch refers to one person intentionally presenting themselves or their intentions in a misleading way to attract a partner, only to reveal their true nature or behavior later on.
Catfishing, on the other hand, specifically refers to creating a fake online persona or identity to deceive someone emotionally or romantically. It typically occurs in online dating or social media platforms. A catfish may use someone else’s pictures, invent a false biography, or pretend to be someone they are not to establish a connection with the unsuspecting person. Catfishing often involves a level of emotional manipulation and can lead to significant emotional distress for the person who is deceived.
While both bait and switch and catfishing involve deception, catfishing is more specific to online impersonation and creating false identities. Bait and switch, on the other hand, is a broader concept that encompasses various deceptive practices, including those that occur in relationships.
It’s important to exercise caution and skepticism when engaging in online relationships or encounters, as well as in any situation where someone’s intentions or behavior may not align with what they initially presented. Building trust gradually through open communication and verifying the authenticity of the information shared can help minimize the risk of falling victim to deception or manipulation.
© Linda C J Turner