Warning: the following infographic might make you scroll through your phone to do some fact checking.
After fielding a slew of questions about how to sniff out catfishes or find out if your Tinder matches’ texts are fishy, The Wall Street Journal columnist Elizabeth Bernstein responded with tools to help her hapless, hopeless romantic readers find out if they’re being lied to online. We’re not talking money wiring scams (Spoiler alert: If someone asks you to send them money for something that you don’t already have, it’s a scam. Even if they’re royalty. Especially then.), this is a lie detector test for the who/what/where/when/why’s of our digital love lives AND a private eye for our professional e-exchanges.
Nowadays, we don’t always have a view of someone’s squirmy body language or eye contact avoidance, so it can be easy to be duplicitous with mainly digital communication at work and in our personal relationships. Check out and commit the handy red flags noted below to memory.
Yes, it’s about to get real IRL. Read Bernstein’s article here for a rundown of how to “read between the lines” in all of your digital interactions. You could catch a catfish, but you might also spot some mistakes you’re making that you don’t mean to. We could all use a social media manners refresher now and then, today’s lesson: honesty is still the best policy.
Did those red flags hit home for you? Are your little white lies translating to texting, too? What social media manners Qs do you have? Share them below!
(h/t: The Wall Street Journal)