Although many may find the “Texas State Confessions” Facebook page helpful, or at worst a harmless source of entertainment, it promotes negativity and students should not waste their time reading it.
The idea behind “Texas State Confessions” is that students can anonymously submit confessions to a moderator who then decides whether or not to post them to the public page. It is completely anonymous, and amusing or entertaining submissions are given preference.
When I first checked out the page, my curiosity was piqued. Some of the posts were funny, ridiculing particular people or organizations. Fraternities and sororities remain a popular target. The serious type of confessions typically speak of those who are overwhelmed, lonely and fearing an uncertain future. I found myself going to the page quite often for a few weeks.
Students who frequently visit the page tend to fall into three categories. The first are those who use the page purely for entertainment. The second are students who use the page for human connection rather than just cheap shots and sex jokes. The third type of reader is a combination of the first two. These readers enjoy seeing certain people be knocked down a peg while still feeling bad for those who confess about legitimate problems. Some of these readers may even feel guilty for laughing at the misfortune of others. Of course that guilt may be short-lived as they scroll down and laugh at another post reeking of bad choices and tragic flaws.
At some point I just got tired of reading the posts and quit following the page. The whole confession thing does not seem fun anymore. I do not like the idea of feeling better about my life at the expense of others. I did not like the idea of wasting my time laughing at the others’ misfortune. Spending too much time on the confessions page ended up making me feel bad about myself.
The fault of the “Texas State Confessions” Facebook page lies in its purpose. The anonymity of the page is one of its major flaws. Because confessions are completely anonymous, there is no accountability. It is impossible to tell whether or not the confessions are true or made up. Anonymity encourages cyber-bullying. Talking trash about somebody anonymously can seem funny at first, but it is really just sad. Maybe some frat guys can be jerks, but throwing rocks anonymously is pretty jerk-like in itself. Reading “Texas State confessions” ends up being not much different than reading the scrawls on a bathroom stall door.
Laughing at others’ misfortunes in order to feel better is pathetic. Likewise is calling people out anonymously and not owning up to it. The “Texas State Confessions” page offers nothing positive for students, except a place to complain and belittle others. It is easier to complain than make positive changes, and that is why so many students enjoy the site.
Students should find something more productive and positive to do with their time. Students can read the Facebook page if they want to but should seriously consider what they are participating in first.