The Manti Te'o Netflix Doc is About More Than Just Catfishing

Former Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o has heard all of the jokes, seen 

all of the memes, and (likely) cried all of the tears he could over 

being the first (and most famous) celebrity victim of catfishing. 

his side of the story in the new Netflix doc Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist.

The hoax is both a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of blindly dating 

and a look into how internet culture has evolved into social norms. 

In the doc, Te'o explains his gullibility was partly because "in 2009, nobody knew anything about catfishing." 

He contends he never heard the phrase burned into our collective online dating lexicon until Christmas 2012. 

it wasn't until MTV's reality TV show Catfish: The TV Show debuted in November 2012 

that the phrase was ingrained in popular culture.