New Trend: Cyber-Compliments

By Alyssa Jung

Cyberbullying is widespread enough to necessitate a Cyberbullying Research Center, but a new trend could help replace online tormenting with online appreciation.

Thanks to a handful of students from Queen’s University in Canada, Facebook pages dedicated to anonymous compliments are popping up for colleges and high schools across North America. People can send page administrators compliments, praise or inspiration about a particular person and the messages will be posted—anonymously of course—for all to see. There are nearly 100 such kindness-driven pages to date.

Spreading cyber-compliments isn’t easy, though. A founder of the movement said it takes a total of eight hours a day to keep the page updated, and a high school student from Maryland was forced to shut down his page because it interfered with his schoolwork.

MORE: In need of an anonymous ego boost but lacking a Facebook page to deliver it? Our editors found a fix over at emergencycompliment.com. Check it out.