Students confess love, lust on Mizzou Secret Admirers
As of Thursday, the page gained more than 4,000 “likes” since its creation.
Apr. 05, 2013
Gone are the days of reading the words “Do you like me? Check yes or no,” nervously scribbled on a sticky note by a sweaty hand.
Affection can now be displayed publicly through anonymous submissions to the Facebook page Mizzou Secret Admirers. Posts on the page, created on March 26, range from confessions of years of attraction to compliments on people’s faces, buttocks and “boobs.”
Only three posts were displayed before Tuesday, when the page’s popularity grew exponentially. Now more than 4,000 people have “liked” the page and more than 500 posts have been made.
The creator of the group, who requested anonymity, thought of the idea for the Internet hit while on spring break, after visiting similar pages from other universities.
“I saw how it was exploding on other campuses and thought, 'Hey, why not make one before someone else does,'” the creator said in an email.
As of now, she is the only one running the page, but she said she might need help if Mizzou Secret Admirers is going to continue.
“I feel like I am in ‘Bruce Almighty,’ when he's trying to answer all the prayers,” she said.
Freshman Michael Sojka is the subject of more than six different posts on the page.
“It’s kind of weird, but that’s the purpose of the site,” Sojka said.
Sophomore Sarah Trigg, the subject of post 365, thought the post was cute, but would like to know who her secret admirer is.
“If you think someone is attractive or you have a crush on them, tell them,” Trigg said. “Life's too short to not tell people how you really feel.”
Some students, including sophomore Lindsey Cray, have concerns about the page. When Cray read an explicit post about herself, she initially thought it was funny, but her feelings changed afterward.
“Looking at it again, I was kind of embarrassed that my name along with the comment posted was put on this page for everyone to see,” Cray said.
Sophomore Kenton Gewecke heard about Mizzou Secret Admirers the night before he saw a post about him.
“I kind of got a new perspective when they posted about me,” said Gewecke. “I originally thought about commenting and asking them to hang out, but then I thought ‘What if it’s a creeper?’”
Geweck said that most people want to know who posted about them.
“The mystery aspect is interesting but deep down everyone wants to know who their secret admirers are,” Gewecke said.
The creator does not post every submission she receives because there are so many. The page received more than 500 submissions on Wednesday alone.
“There are also really weird ones that I feel shouldn't be shared with the world, like things that are overly sexual or just rude and mean,” she said.
Even with this filter, some students still do not like what they read.
“Some people are seriously offended by what others are saying about them,” Gewecke said. “There’s definitely potential for it to get worse and for people to start going overboard.”
Sophomores Jake Wallach, Bryndon Minter and Clint Cannon created a video in which they dramatically read aloud some of their favorite posts for a humorous effect.
“I was just sitting around my apartment with my roommates, and we were all reading (the posts) in ridiculous voices,” Wallach said. “I just thought that reading them dramatically would be funny.”
The video, “Dramatic Readings of Mizzou Secret Admirers,” was posted on Youtube on Wednesday and gained more than 1,300 views by the next day.
“It surprised me when (Mizzou Secret Admirers) blew up, and seems to be growing rapidly,” Wallach said. “We tried to pick some of the more ridiculous ones, but I think it was pretty arbitrary.”
The creator of the page hopes the page will “do what ‘MU Compliments’ does.”
“I wanted to make people feel flattered and know that people out there do really notice them,” she said. “In college especially, it's easy to feel like you're lost in the crowd. It gives people their time to feel noticed.”