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!
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!
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
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