These days, more and more people are engaged in “web confessions” -- baring
their secrets to online communities, often anonymously. It can feel great in
the short-term; it’s a chance to come clean about long-held secrets and bond
with others who have had similar experiences. But is it a healthy habit?
For Barbara Smith, a 45-year-old homemaker from Madison, N.C., confessing
online very definitely was healthy. Smith had been married for 28 years to her
high-school sweetheart and was the mother...