[photopress:secret.JPG,full,alignright]Young Chinese who desperately need to confide in someone their deepest secrets no longer need to dig a hole on the ground. Relief is just a few clicks away with a new website.
Secret lets you tell all in a private, intimate atmosphere.sers leave messages, short or long, casual or serious, dealing with subjects some of which we might, for the moment, chose to ignore. For example, the writer is desperately in love with Claire Kincaid in Law and Order but does not want his wife to know.
Some secrets may, of course, not be true. Indeed, on the Internet it would be fair to say that would be the rule rather than the exception.
People not only post their secrets but also read others’ secrets and comment on them. The website ranks the hottest secrets according to the number of comments they receive.
According to the website, it has attracted thousands of users and about 12,000 secrets have been posted so far.
One message said, ‘This is the place I had been searching for. So many things were piling up inside me that without this channel I would have had to turn to psychologists.’
Many consider it a helpful way to reduce stress but some say it plays to an unhealthy desire to peek into other people’s lives. Nonsense, that is the human condition, a desire to peek into other people’s live. Why else would fan magazines exist? And there is nothing unhealthy about it unless you work on the basis that all humanity is unhealthy.
The website has a set of rules to protect privacy. Users are asked not to provide real names and contact details including website, email address, telephone number and address.
Political and erotic topics are banned.
The website operator says they check every message to decide whether it is proper for posting and promise not to publicize any user’s IP address. ‘It is safe to share,’ the website proclaims on its homepage. Well, yes, but one should, perhaps, still be a little careful. My wife might find out about my secret lust.