Pinterest Positivity

With all the different social media platforms out in the universe, it is hard to maintain a positive outlook on our own lives. I for one, can easily say, that scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, I get jealous. Plain and simple. It is so easy to become envious of other people’s lives. Sometimes, it’s people I have never met before!

“Facebook Depression”

I read an article in the past about a term called “Facebook Depression,” coined by a man named C.R. Blease. Essentially, Facebook Depression is the “affective result of spending too much time on the social networking site” (Blease, 2015, p.1). The article found that while on Facebook, one’s well-being does not decrease, however, Facebook is a platform for impression management. All of our “friends” on Facebook only post the best images of themselves, the best moments in their lives, which in turn, can potentially lead to self doubt and lack of confidence. You can check out the article here.

Instead of comparing my life to someone else’s I found another way to find a more positive outlook on social media. I have found myself using Pinterest and I have never felt more optimistic.

What is Pinterest? 

I’m sure most people know what Pinterest is, but for those who do not, I’ll explain in my own words: Pinterest is an online vision board, where you can “pin” images of items (i.e. clothing, travel destinations, furniture and decor) to your online profile. The more you pin certain items, the more of these items will show up on your feed. You can even curate what content you want to see.

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Why and how does Pinterest provide positivity?

I feel that this type of social media is a lot more “positive” in a sense than others. I can use Pinterest for inspiration and fuel my creative fire, find tips on writing, a brand new outfit and hairstyle, and ideas to re-vamp my bedroom, all in one place. I feel so inspired and eager to try new meals and baked goods. I feel motivated when I scroll through Pinterest and start pinning new workout moves and protein snacks. Pinterest is an all-in-one social media site to find motivation and also be connected to friends. You can follow celebrities and your friends and see what they are up to on Pinterest, and you can follow certain “boards” to see specific content.

Although I am an avid user of other social media sites, such as Instagram and Facebook, I find myself scrolling through those sites and getting bored, or worse, upset. Sometimes it’s hard to forget that Facebook and Instagram are full of edited and filtered moments. If you take a step away from these sites, and expose yourself to something more positive, such as Pinterest, the green-eyed monster goes away, and I find that a more productive and inspired self comes to light.

Do you have a Pinterest account? What kinds of boards do you have on your profile? I’d love to see what you are all interested in. Leave a comment below!

 

 

Referenced Article:

Blease, C.R. (2015). Too many friends, too few likes? Evolutionary psychology
and Facebook depression. Review of General Psychology, 19(1), 1-13. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/gpr-gpr0000030.pdf

 

 

facebook Need a little positivity  in your life? Try some Pinterest Positivity!: https://bit.ly/2G4JMQd

 

Twitter Tired of seeing vacation photos and proposals on your feed? Try some positivity with Pinterest: https://bit.ly/2G4JMQd

 

 

8 thoughts on “Pinterest Positivity

  1. I too have a Pinterest account and love looking at all the possible, endless ideas. I really enjoy the cake baking/decorating and the “easy” steps to create your own at home. I did try the Easter Bunny step by step cake decorating post but unfortunately it looked nothing like the Pinterest picture. Practice makes perfect and I will try again this Easter! I never thought of Facebook depression but after reading your blog it is an eye opener and gave me a different perspective.

  2. I’m on pinterest– currently planning a kitchen. I love getting ideas from other people, and it gives you other suggestions similar to what you are looking at. The same with haircuts. I do have quite a lot on pinterest fails though– when it comes to crafts and party ideas. I think HOW you approach social media dictates how it may make you feel. I don’t compare my life to someone else’s. I see my friends’ Facebook feed and know their “real” life– not the same. Neither is mine. I can see how if can make some people feel inadequate or think negatively about their own life in comparison to someone else’s though.

    • I have definitely had my share of Pinterest fails too! I tried to make “Grinch” cupcakes once, and it looked NOTHING like the photos. However, they were still super tasty!

    • We just did a kitchen renovation – brace yourself, it is a long and trying process. Pintrest is a great source.

  3. I have had a Pinterest account off and on. I don’t really understand it but, I’ve started using it to find research materials for projects. I’ve recently started using it for my business in the past couple of weeks, I’ve had quite a few people ask me if I’m on it. I’ve been apprehensive about posting there just because I’m worried about people using my contents and ideas.

  4. I have a coworker who is designing her kitchen and her new home with ideas she got on Pinterest. She actually took pins from Pinterest and sent them to the architect and told him this was exactly what she wanted him to design for her. The drawing looks like it but I personally would be a little nervous but she is sure it will be a replica. Time will tell.

  5. I agree that there are several social media sites we should not be using as a lens for which to view our life through—you are comparing yourself to someone’s best. These photos are staged, filtered, and edited.

    The concept of Pinterest is great, in essence it is for inspiration so perhaps with this in mind, this would alleviate the envy factor. I like that it is a vision board and can help people achieve various goals.

  6. I enjoy Pinterest for all the great ideas that are posted. I used to have an abundance of grocery bags falling all over the place, now they are neatly folded so they don’t take up a bunch of room and it doesn’t take long at all. I just redid my guest room and thanks to Pinterest, my daughter and her husband both love it! Also great for organizing small spaces. Just never enough time to get through it all!!

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