A new dating trend has taken off which you may never have heard of, but might have experienced.
We’ve all heard of catfishing, ghosting and bread-crumbing, but have you ever heard the term wokefishing?
The new term was coined by VICE’ s Serena Smith.
It’s used to describe someone who pretends to be more leftist or progressive in their views than they are in order to lure partners in.
This might take the form of someone writing “no racists” or “vegans only” in their online dating bio.
However, the person doesn’t actually believe in these values – they just want to snag a date with someone who would otherwise rule them out.
Have you ever been wokefished? Tell us in the comments…
In a video on Twitter, Will Hislop also points out that you can be woke-fished on dates too.
He did an impression of a man quoting Maya Angelou and saying that “chivalry is misogyny” to get out of paying.
The coined phrase is a play on the word “catfishing” – where someone uses false profile photos.
And, the word “woke” meaning someone who is alert to injustice in society.
But, why is wokefishing a problem?
Well, firstly, they’re lying and this might mean you fall for someone who isn’t compatible with your values.
Dating and relationship coach, Kate Mansfield, told Cosmopolitan : “One of the reasons that so many relationships fail is due to people pretending to be someone that they are not, but unfortunately longer term it will come out as incompatibility.
“Those who have been on the receiving end of the masquerade that is wokefishing can begin to doubt themselves.”
Essentially, wokefishing is a form of gas lighting and can make you feel unsure about your choice in partners, your own opinions and even lose trust in dating altogether.
So, keep an eye out for behaviours which don’t match your date’s supposed values.
And, if they don’t match up… don’t arrange a second date.