Pinterest addiction causes anxiety, depression and is the worst drug epidemic in women’s history
Modern day crack: Turn on the computer, log in to Pinterest and lose yourself in the site’s black hole of interest, hope, inspiration, jealousy, desperation, despair and depression.
Pinterest is women’s social media of choice and it is essentially digital crack. It causes high’s low’s and withdrawal symptoms. Sound familiar to a drug addiction?
Its reach into society is huge, with about 11 million unique visitors last month, according to Forbes.
Frankly, I doubted any men used Pinterest, however a surge of male users shows technologies newest guilty pleasure is not exclusive to women. Men beware: You have been warned.
Food, crafts, travel spots, home remodeling and decorating ideas, fitness tips, hairstyles, furniture, architecture, kid projects, cute animal photos, cheeky sayings and wedding plans. How do you compare? Can you compete? Is any of it even real or attainable? If not, than you feel like a bad mother and wife. Yet people continue to log-on and propagate a blow to their mental health. Sound familiar?
It’s the photo scrapbook of hopes, dreams and desires for grown-ups, mostly those of the female persuasion. And that raises the question of whether that’s actually a healthy thing for grown women to be spending time compiling a virtual hope chest.
Enter denial: “Only after 9 p.m.” or “Only on the weekends and never at work.” I am not someone who “needs” Pinterest. “ I am a confident person who derives self-worth from real-life relationships and activities.” Until the depression and feeling of inadequacy sink in, leading to isolation and decreased “real-life” interactions. Sound familiar?
Unlike Facebook or Twitter, where it is ultimately obvious that your profile photo is from long-ago, your Pinterest boards (which can never be made private), advertise only your hopes and dreams, the fantasy life you aspire to, rather than the common life you live. Providing an escape from the mundane into the fraudulent fantasy of blissful happiness. Sound familiar?
Pinterest revolves around the idealistic, stylized catalogue scenes and magazine photos. Hasn’t society worked hard enough to educate young women about the fallacy of the “perfect 10.” Airbrushed and digitally sculpted models portraying an impossibly unrealistic image on the cover of Vogue. “Be happy with who you are and don’t compare yourself to these unrealistic pictures,” mothers often protest. Delve into the cyber-world of fantastically perfect birthday cakes and super-women designed dinner party food to meet your longing need for inadequacy. You are suffering mentally yet you continue to do log-on. Sound familiar.
I have no qualms about preaching that digital crack has negatively impacted more people than any other drug, yet nobody has even admitted that it’s a nationwide epidemic. At least ensure you attain some sense of self-worth out in the real-world and realize what you see on Pinterest may be no more real than the wafer thin perfect model society has worked so hard to discredit in the name of realism and happiness with ones true self; one step forward, 10 steps back. Sound familiar?