“To the guy in BIO203 at 11:30 with long blonde hair that is tied back with a headband, I’d just like to say that you seem like you’d be a great guy to get to know,” poster No. 433 said.
“To the Asian girl that always wears a blue hoodie at the gym, I think you’re really pretty,” confessed poster No. 370.
“Anyone know this Asian girl with short hair on the 4:18 train today? She had a gray Nike backpack and a pink iPad case. She looked mad cute while she was reading. She’d smile one minute and then looked like she was gonna cry the next. I wished I went up to her to ask what she was reading. Also, she’s got nice curves. Someone please tell me who this cute and sexy chick is?” despaired poster No. 258.
These are just a few of the 433 posts found on the Stony Brook Admirers Facebook page.
With the emergence of social media, Facebook has not only given Stony Brook students a means of connecting with classmates, it has allowed them to express their admiration and attraction to fellow students anonymously.
This is a new sort of “note in the locker” confession—a middle school and high school practice wherein someone who admires a classmate places a note in their locker with hopes of them reading it and returning their feelings. Except this time, the locker is the Facebook page and the notes are the posts.
The page—Stony Brook Admirers 2—was created last October after the original Stony Brook Admirers page was deleted. Stony Brook Admirers first caught the eye of students after the founding of other Facebook pages dedicated to anonymous compliments. Stony Brook Secrets and Stony Brook Compliments were both started along with Stony Brook Admirers.
Although Admirers is a well-used platform, some students are not aware of the page.
Senior geology major Greg Swirson had never heard of the page prior to being asked about it. “I’ve never been to SB Admirers,” he wrote on an unofficial survey about Stony Brook Admirers.
Other students who have “liked” the page, like junior health science major Stephen Sham find enjoyment in reading the entries.
“I think Stony Brook Admirers is a good way for people to express themselves, especially for those who are shy,” he said. “I think it would be cool if someone actually met their crush because of Stony Brook Admirers.”
The posts range from simple compliments, like poster No. 62 who wanted to tell a boy in his or her HIS 353 class that he was cute.
Popular resident assistants and teaching assistants receive compliments and declarations of love. Several posters admit to going to Starbucks at certain times during the week in order to see various employees on their shifts.
Sometimes, a poster would name the person they admire. Other times, they would attempt to discover the name of a boy from the Recreation Center or a girl at the library. But what they all have in common is that they are all anonymous and an enjoyable read.
The new SB Admirers page has been inactive since last December. The Statesman attempted to contact the administrator of the SB Admirers page, but they have not responded. However, Stony Brook Compliments, now under new jurisdiction, will continue to provide services to the students.