“Catfishes could use AI to create ‘fake humans from scratch’ on Tinder and Hinge”

Deception, an enduring issue, demands our analytical skills as we navigate through life. The saying “buyer beware,” along with “trust but verify,” cautions us against being easily swayed by too-good-to-be-true deals and reminds us that nothing is truly free.

In a world increasingly influenced by digital content, analyzing and verifying information online is already challenging for adults, let alone for vulnerable youth who lack experience. Furthermore, the emergence of AI-generated realistic text and visual content raises concerns about online authenticity. This article focuses on catfishing on dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, but it’s likely that platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat are also susceptible to this issue. As these are the digital spaces where our children reside, let’s empower them with critical thinking skills, encourage skepticism, and foster cautious engagement with their digital lives.