/ 13 March 2024

Can you keep a secret?


A project run by Canberran Gabe Trew has found a lot of us are itching to get confessions off our chest… When he asked his 24,000+ social media followers to share their “secret crush story”, he was inundated with nearly 3,000 responses in 24 hours. But psychologist and Columbia University Professor Michael Slepian wasn’t surprised. He’s spent a decade digging into the juiciest of human secrets – for research, of course – and says the hardest part about keeping them is that opportunities to share “rarely present themselves”. Slepian says the average person keeps tight-lipped on around 13 secrets – even world leaders manage to keep a few. But Trew’s project has given some people the opportunity to share – he says 8 couples have connected IRL after admitting their secret crushes on each other. Aww…

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