Students looking for a place to anonymously air their secrets, pet peeves and crushes now have an option with a new “Confessions” Facebook page going viral at San Jose State.
The page, not officially associate with the university, was created by an anonymous San Jose State junior biology major in January, following a national trend of similar pages across the United States.
The SJSU page has grown to more than 7,000 page likes in less than three month and has an audience significantly larger than other Northern California universities with similar pages, such as UC Santa Cruz (4,700 likes), UC Davis (4,200 likes) and Stanford (3,000 likes).
So far, confessions range from “missed connections” style message to casual hookups and more serious topics like sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Contacted via Facebook, the student who runs the page says he prefers to remain anonymous because he is “not looking to become Internet famous.” Confessions are submitted through an online form on Survey Monkey before the identities of the parties involved are stripped and the confession goes public.
More than 4,000 confessions have been submitted and nearly 2,000 were made public on the page.
#1970 “Every day I get ready (naked) with my blinds wide open because it’s way too dark in my room. People have yet to notice which just proves how seldom people look up when they walk.”
#1050 “I’ve been dating a guy for three months. We’re going on a trip to his family’s cabin for spring break, and I haven’t yet told him that I’m a transgender male to female. What do I do?”
#936 “I had unprotected sex with 3 [fraternity name redacted] brothers at one of their parties, and I just found out that I am 3 months pregnant…I have no idea what to do. I’m keeping the baby but how do I go about finding out who the father is without looking stupid? HELP!”
#1313 “Late at night, I like to go downstairs in the Joe West kitchen, rub oil all over myself and pretend I’m a slug.”
#1203 “My little sister goes here. Too scared to tell her I do porn. This should do.”
#1219 “I’m pregnant. Only 3 people know. I’m getting an abortion. I don’t see anything wrong with it but if my mother found out I’d be homeless.”
#1309 “The doctor told me I had an STI and then lectured me with a look of disgust like I was some slut. Truth is: I was raped and too ashamed to tell anyone. At least it’s treated and gone but the emotional pain is still there.”