By | Saray Membrano
Jugglers may recall in recent years the creation of various NDRS based accounts such as nd.confessions and nd.ships, both primarily used for students to send anonymous messages through Instagram direct messaging. After a hiatus in the creation of these accounts, they have sprung up again and are gaining hundreds of followers. There has always been speculation in regards to the owner (or owners) of these profiles, but their identities continue to be unknown.
Students may find these confession accounts to be entertaining to read as they contain the latest insights on the drama at Notre Dame, but realistically, they can be very destructive. In the majority of posts, many students’ names are mentioned in negative and derogatory ways. Some teachers and the Notre Dame community (as a whole) are also targeted in the posts. The commentary threads become extremely insensitive and toxic, and it is only a matter of time before the account is deleted.
However, like a snake shedding its skin, another one quickly materializes to replace the original.
Anonymous messaging applications such as tellyonme give people the opportunity to voice their opinions without revealing their usernames. It promotes an opinionated environment of impunity, where no one has to worry about facing those they are harming; simply put, it’s a cesspool of immaturity and cowardice.
In extreme cases, these platforms can severely harm a victim’s mental health; the stories and commentary are mostly hyperbole and conjecture, but long-lasting (as they are so difficult to debunk) once posted to social media.
Some people may shrug it off, and not be overly concerned, but others take these posts to heart and are much more sensitive. Administrators and Teachers would agree that these accounts are poor representations of the school and its diverse, inclusive community.
Several attempts were made to inquire about the possibility of having these accounts removed, or somehow blocked, from the ndrs domains – however, at the time of publication, The Observer has not heard back as to whether or not that’s even an option.
Nonetheless, it’s probably in everyone’s best interest to avoid these accounts altogether. Simply put, they are just a bad idea.