Ever since the World Wide Web brought the Internet to the masses, the entire game has changed for many industries.Â Start-ups no longer need bricks and mortar, sales demographics have gone from regional to worldwide, and you no longer have to get your porn from the back of a magazine rack.Â
But now the web is infiltrating the church.Â And I donâ€™t mean by making it possible to send donations via PayPal.
In an article titled Forgive Me Father, Iâ€™d Rather Go Online, CNN explores the trend of online confessions. Sinners of all denominations can go to websites like www.ivescrewedup.com, www.mysecret.tv, www.dailyconfessions.com, www.camfess.com, www.forgivenet.com, and www.grouphug.com to anonymously acknowledge their transgressions.
So, when Godâ€™s blackberry buzzes, he knows itâ€™s something juicy.
But unlike the typical private booth with one person, whose face the confessor canâ€™t even see, these sites are a public forum in which anyone can read the disclosures.
Nonetheless, this medium has proven popular. Â 30,000 people have posted on www.mysecret.tv, their affronts sorted into categories like â€œlustâ€, â€œcheatâ€, â€œstealâ€, and â€œbeastialityâ€.Â (IP addresses are not tracked in the interest of true anonymity.)
Some examples of guilty admissions include, â€œI donâ€™t think my boyfriend is cuteâ€, â€œI canâ€™t stop [shoe shopping]; theyâ€™re all so prettyâ€, and even acts of a criminal nature.Â Unfortunately, much of the potential entertainment value is pre-empted by the â€œno commentsâ€ policy of most sites.Â Grouphug.com makes an exception, though, by allowing readers to send a â€œhugâ€ or a â€œshrugâ€.
So, online confessions are great for the Christians, but whatâ€™s a skeptic to do if he needs to get a little something off his chest?
I mean, weâ€™re heathens! Heretics! Our confessions should put those Christians to shame, right? Â (Wellâ€¦the Pentecostals are pretty wild, but we better at least be able to out-do the Baptists.)
So, if you feel so inclined, pretend we’re your personal cyber goddesses, and use the comments to confess your secrets.