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Why Gay Men Catfish on Dating Apps?

This series of TikTok videos explains the result of my Major Research Project (Thesis) as a part of the Master of Digital Media Program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

This TikTok video elaborates on one of the reasons for catfishing, which is "Being in rural areas increases the level of anonymity"

The news reporter presentation style was utilized to retain the audience and bring freshness in the research field. 

TikTok as a new medium for researchers:

  • Accessibility: there are many barriers to get one's research published through journals, which could take up to 2 years of reviews. TikTok is the way to spread the words swiftly to the right target audience, men who have sex with men.

  • Authenticity: The authenticity of the platform allows users to react and feel the trust from the creator.

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