Social Media Stress: The Anxiety of Pinterest Perfection

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By G+ Author: KJ Mason.

It’s bad enough that people feel stressed from all the baby photos, wedding stuff and career advancements that friends share on Facebook. We hear about what everyone else is doing – social media keeps that information freshly updated and talked about in our feeds. Now, a new survey is suggesting that stress from spending time on social pinboard site Pinterest could be just as bad. Popping online isn’t a getaway from the stresses of daily life! In a TODAY.com Moms survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers, 42% said that they sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress – the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough.

 

Pinterest is inciting Inadequacies and Inferiority complexes amongst users. “Why don’t these cupcakes look as good as that picture?” or “I wish my ceilings were high enough to hang this DIY chandelier made out of tissue paper pom-poms and feathers.” — and I’m sure the chandelier won’t look like the picture, anyway.

 

And the pressure to take pictures of all the important moments in their families’ lives causes stress for 83% of moms. Instagram is a fun platform to share photos, but with the rising blogosphere and social media famous – they want to keep up.

 

According to Shape.com blogger, Charlotte Andersen, “As my mom discovered, the problems hit—usually in the wee hours of the morning—when all your sounded-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time projects end up only vaguely resembling the artful pin that inspired them. Thankfully women are beginning to realize that Pinterest guilt isn’t a good thing. Sites like Pinterest Fail and WTF, Pinterest? exist solely for the purpose of making you feel better about your own problematic pins.”

 

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