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In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age [NOOK Book]

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From the host of MTV's #1 show Catfish comes the definitive guide about how to connect with people authentically in today's increasingly digital world.

IN REAL LIFE: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age

As the host of the wildly popular TV series Catfish which investigates online relationships to...
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Overview

From the host of MTV's #1 show Catfish comes the definitive guide about how to connect with people authentically in today's increasingly digital world.

IN REAL LIFE: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age

As the host of the wildly popular TV series Catfish which investigates online relationships to determine whether they are based on truth or fiction (spoiler: it's almost always fiction).

Nev has become the Dr. Drew of online relationships. His clout in this area springs from his own experience with a deceptive online romance, about which he made a critically acclaimed 2010 documentary (also called Catfish). In that film Nev coined the term "catfish" to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. The meme spread rapidly.

Now Nev brings his expertise to the page, sharing insider secrets about:

-what motivates catfish
-why people fall for catfish
-how you can avoid being deceived
-rules for dating -- both online and off
-how to connect authentically with others over the internet
-how to turn an online relationship into a real-life relationship

...and much, much more.

Peppered throughout with Nev's personal stories, this book delves deeply into the complexities of online identity. Nev shows us how our digital lives are affecting our real lives, and provides essential advice about how we should all be living and loving in the era of social media.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2014
Schulman, host of MTV's Catfish: The TV Show and star of the documentary that spawned it, knows a thing or two about "catfish"—people who create one or more false identities online and enter into deceptive relationships. Here he provides an examination and guide to Internet communication that also serves as a Catfish companion piece and even a self-help memoir. The author blends his own story of being catfished into the narrative and uses examples from the show to explore what motivates such duping (revenge, insecurity, and financial gain, to name a few) and what makes people vulnerable to it. He acknowledges that simply not talking to strangers online isn't realistic for many and offers ways to stay safe. For people who may become catfish, Schulman, without judgment, suggests making positive changes in one's real life ("Your prospects are only as good as you make them"), rather than creating a false online ideal, which will be ultimately unsatisfying. He concludes by advocating for face-to-face communication and the advantages of enjoying a situation, instead of simply documenting it for the sake of social media. VERDICT This exciting title will be popular among Catfish fans and contains real advice for teens and twentysomethings who will likely relate to the issues he discusses. [See "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 9/1/14, p. 24; Prepub Alert, 3/17/14.]—Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455584284
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 55,234
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Nev Schulman
Nev Schulman is the host of MTV's #1 series, Catfish, which 2.6 million people watch in the U.S., plus millions more worldwide in 25 other countries.
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  • Posted September 10, 2014

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    Great handbook for e-dating and social media matching for Gen Mi

    Great handbook for e-dating and social media matching for Gen Millennial. If you only know Nev from the Catfish TV show not the movie, then you don't really know him at all.
    His own story of being "Catfished" as we all say these days, really lets you in on who this man is away from the sweet and funny MTV host side. This is do's and don't's from a man that actually went through the fire and was burnt and he's brutally honest about why it happened.
    I compare it to Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb and the book Ho Tactis: How To MindF**K a Man, in terms of the various run downs of social media and how to use it the right way. In terms of genuine writing, it is very engaging, and surprisingly personal look at the future of romance. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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