Whisper allows users to reveal their embarrassing or dark confessions.
The latest student craze is a Whisper. And it has grown louder throughout the academic year at colleges and universities nationwide.
According to The Huntington News at Boston’s Northeastern University, the whispers address “[f]antasies, feelings and fetishes. … While whispers are often seen as humorous, others address widespread and serious issues, like relationships, body image and social life.”
Some sample student whispers, posted atop a variety of photos and illustrations on the Whisper on University of Texas Facebook page: “I sometimes turn the lights off on people when I leave public restrooms.”; “Maybe after finding the meaning of life there’s no point in living anymore.”; “I still sleep with my baby blanket. Even when I have chicks over. I’m 20.”; “Truth: I never got into my dream school. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.”; “I anonymously make payments on veterinarian bills for people who are struggling to get their pets the care they need and deserve.”; and “I couldn’t afford room and board at my college. So I slept on my friend’s floors for two years. Happy almost graduation!”
The app is also built atop a series of social functions, including user chats and location-based searches.
As The Daily Collegian at Penn State University confirms, “Others can view secrets a user has posted and either ‘like’ or comment on the secret. Sometimes, two users will have an entire conversation with each other through the app. One key function of the app is when viewing secrets, users can view all posts that have been made within one mile of them through the ‘nearby’ option.”
In an interview with Washington Square News, the student newspaper at New York University, the app’s creator Michael Heyward shares, “Whisper is different because it’s not necessarily just about publishing secrets. It’s more of an interactive real-time community. On other social networks, we share with others the most perfect version of ourselves, compare ourselves to others and always end up feeling worse about our lives. On Whisper, you can be exactly who you are without judgment or consequence.”
PostSecret creator Frank Warren does warn Heyward and the Whisper crew about some potential consequences of so many secrets floating around.
As Warren tells Business Insider, “When you’re talking about hundreds, or tens of thousands of users, you’re talking about people who don’t have the best intentions. And you’re talking about young boys and girls, teenagers, sharing very intimate details in private. I just would hope they’re aware of all the potentialities an app can enable between people and I hope they’re careful with it.”
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