Some people might think that it’s easier to reveal your deepest secrets to the people closest to you, who will hypothetically support you and care about whatever you have to say, but for many, the opposite is true. Talking to strangers — especially anonymously — can be a whole lot less scary than divulging real things about yourself to people whose opinions actually matter to you.
So much of the internet and earlier forms of social media like forums and LiveJournals and Twitter before everyone started going by their real names and using it for real-world connections utilized this principle. And it still exists, just not as overtly in many cases.
But a recent Reddit thread decided to bring it back, asking people what’s something that they’re “willing to admit to the people here on Reddit but not to most people in real life.”
I’m a 45 year old virgin.SCWPetVirgin
My eldest son is a hardcore heroin and meth addict.invalidpassword
I’m starting to question my career choice in healthcare.keylimepot
I’m pregnant! But I’ve lost 3 babies already, so I’m really scared about telling people this time.Captairplane
I didn’t pronounce the g in “harbinger” with the j sound. I rhymed it with ringer.banditk77
I don’t think I experience compassion or empathy like other people but I’m too scared to ask if that’s normal.Hamletmeseethetiddy
I fantasize A LOT. At least half the day I’m in my head in the middle of some glamorous scenario that I’ll never be in.ItsJustMeMaggie
That i have the urge to pack my bags walk out of my parents house at night and start a new life and leave the old one behind.WelpeGrief2730
I want to get married. It’s my deepest wish but when the subject comes up my romantic and childhood insecurities take over and I speak ill of marriage.Cassilday
I completely fucked up my relationship. I was hurting her so bad and I didn’t even realise at the time. It kills me to realise now how bad of a person I am.Useful-Character4412