The Latest Social Media Trend: University Confession Pages
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The "Colorado Mesa University Confessions" Facebook page was created just one week ago and has since gathered nearly 2,000 likes and an almost constant stream of new "confessions" being posted.
Although the page is not affiliated officially with the university, some of the posts can be shocking.
"A lot of my friends use the page so it's kind of like, 'Hey I've seen the page, have you seen it? Check this out, I saw something funny,'" said Brandon Freeman a student at Colorado Mesa University.
Facebook pages have been popping up, although none of them affiliated with any university, giving students a chance to anonymously type in any confession or grievance with their school.
"It's kind of like a diary where you can say what you want and express how you're feeling but without people knowing who it is," said Doug Martin a student at CMU.
A page named "Colorado Mesa University Confessions" recently joined the group, allowing those interested to type in their confession through a third party site, keeping the original author completely anonymous.
Some of the posts say things like "I am getting really tired of going to the gym and having to wait to use a piece of equipment," others express concerns about the lack of convenient parking spots.
Study Body President, Telbe Storbeck says posting on a Facebook wall might not be the best way to get things done around the school.
"Hopefully if there is a student that needs some help, that they now know that my door is always open as well as we have a Student Life Director, we have a Diversity Director and we have Student Services," said Storbeck.
Other posts show people claiming to be CMU students, one post said, "I have been a CMU athlete for a year now and I have smoked week every day since I started."
In another post, someone claims to have had sex with a professor.
"I bet 20 percent of them are true and the rest are just somebody trying to get a laugh out of people," said Freeman.
When we asked administration how they felt about the posts making these claims, they released a statement saying:
"Anonymous postings on an anonymous website are not something the university condones or with which it has any affiliation."
Under the description for the page, it says the posts may be made by anyone, not just students, and it also notes that each post may or may not be true.