A simple click of a computer mouse can open up a world of information. For Facebook users, it can also unlock the “truth.”
The latest in a long line of Facebook games, “Truth is” has recently overtaken the statuses, walls, and news feeds of Ludlow High School students. The concept is simple: One person posts “Like for ‘truth is’,” an abundance of people “like” the status, and that person is required to write their opinions about that person, beginning with the phrase “Truth is…”
While many students choose to write a short, one-sentence “truth,” others put a lot of thought and effort into what they say to each person.
“ I believe if the person really wants to know how I feel about them then I’ll tell them what I think,” says junior Eddy Lapointe.
“One night I felt that I might try to spark up a conversation up with some friends who I haven’t talked to in a while or just some friends that I don’t know all that well,” Lapointe says regarding why he began to play “Truth is.”
Those that Lapointe considers close friends receive more elaborate responses. For the people that Lapointe does not know as well, he says “it’s different because I don’t know all that much about them. That’s when I just tell them…my first impression.”
While some people like Lapointe prefer to write the truth, others such as sophomore Breanna Moylan prefer to receive it.
“I like to see peoples’ opinions of me,” Moylan states simply. Moylan enjoys reading the opinions of not only friends, but people she doesn’t know well, or in some cases not all, if only to see their responses.
“Sometimes even if someone doesn’t know me they will tell me their opinion,” Moylan says.
Lapointe says he occasionally asks for the truth, but only from people that he is friends with.
“You never know what they could say,” Lapointe says of the suspense surrounding the truth one can receive, “You could be thinking that someone just forgot about you and all of a sudden they tell you that they really miss you and want to hang out sometime soon.”
Moylan says her only real issue with the game is “when people type things that are lies and you know they aren’t true.”
This is perhaps the biggest glaring issue with “Truth is.” Most, if not all of the comments, are complimentary, and in many instances, it appears that peoples’ “honest” opinions are not exactly honest.
“I have had some people [who] I know still don’t like me say they are happy we are ‘good’ now,” Moylan says, “I know some people want to put mean things, they just won’t.”
When asked if any of his truths have been negative, Lapointe says, “I don’t believe I’ve ever said anything negative about someone…simply because I don’t like being mean to people. I always try to bring out the good that I see in people.”
Lapointe feels that being mean to someone solely because they asked for your opinion of them “is just rude and uncalled for.”
Although “Truth is” has become very popular among a large part of the LHS student body, there are still students who adamantly oppose the game.
“I feel the ‘Truth is’ fad is nothing more than a way for people to further their practices of impersonal communication,” says senior Jeremy Morris, who makes no secret of his opposition to the concept, “Everything becomes easier to say when it is done over type.”
While the increasing lack of face-to-face communication is one reason Morris dislikes “Truth is,” he also feels it opens the floodgates for cyber-bullying.
“Both stalkers and bully’s will jump at any opportunity to write all over a classmate’s wall, and why?” Morris questions, “Because their victim ‘asked’ them to by liking their status.”
Despite the feelings of Morris or anyone else who opposes the game, it appears that the natural curiosity to learn how the world perceives them will keep “Truth is” prevalent among Ludlow’s Facebook users.