The overwhelming world of Pinterest
I love Pinterest, it is that simple. However, I did not think about the life challenges Pinterest has given me. I feel in love with Pinterest but never stopped to think about what negative effects it has on my life.
If you are like me you have Pinterest on your laptop, a shortcut of course, and then you have the app on your phone and maybe even your tablet. Have you thought to add up the total about of time Pinterest gets in your day? I never did till I woke up one day and thought about it, really thought about it. In total Pinterest gets about 4 hours a day, that is 4 hours I could be living a life.
Deciding to put my mental health first has lead me to re-evaluate my life and the different aspects of my life. Pinterest being an aspect of my life as it gets so many minutes in my day. As I write this post-Pinterest is open in the next tab, just in case I suddenly think of something to look for. When I decided to look at what affects my mental health I came to realise the realisation of the effect that Pinterest has.
I would, and still do, spend hours looking at gym plans, healthy meals goals and body goals on Pinterest but do you think I actually go to the gym? This is the part that made me really think about what I do with my life, I spend an hour getting the motivation to go to the gym but then do not go, due to perhaps time restrictions or not feeling motivated. This hour that I spent looking at a gym workout online could have been spent in the gym. I will spend hours looking at how to restyle one’s clothes on Pinterest but then when it comes to actually doing it I don’t. This was negative affect one, I spend time looking at the thing, may it be the gym or making something, rather than actually getting off my bottom and doing it.
When I started blogging I used Pinterest a lot, for everything really. How to start a blog, how to be a blogger, what to do to be a good blogger and the list goes on. What I did not realise is that by doing this I was in a way setting myself up to fail. I was comparing myself to the ideal blogger who has probably been blogging for years and I was only a beginner. Soon I started to feel that I was never going to be good enough and I got very demotivated to blog, something that brought me so much joy. Through Pinterest, I was showing myself what I was never going to be in a month, a year maybe two.
Another thing that Pinterest does to me is it overwhelms me with ideas to the point where I feel paralysed. I get so many ideas that I do not know where to start or what to do. For example, with Easter approaching, I have been checking out some fun ideas however I am now in a position where I have so many ideas I do not know which to do. I get so engrossed with what Pinterest has to offer that once again I am stuck. I also find that there are so many pretty things on Pinterest that I start to want a life that is not mine and then I start to be disappointed in my own life. If I take Pinterest away I actaully really like my life.
I have come to the idea that Pinterest is great but it makes me feel like I am not good enough and that I will never be good enough. I hope one day to live the life I dream of but that will take work and time. By being on Pinterest so often and to get ideas for everything I have seen that I am slowly losing my uniqueness because I want to be like that and that and that. Why don’t I just want to be Ashton?
Have you ever considered how much of your life you give to Pinterest? Is it really worth it?