My Journey Down The Pinterest Hole
I am embarrassed to admit the ridiculous amount I have spent on Pinterest lately. It all started out so innocent, I was looking for some random recipes to eat better, but that damn Pinterest knew the watches and cars that I love and started flashing them in front of me.
The next thing I know I was deep in it. Pinning sneakers, cool architecture, and photographs that move me. I am having fun doing this but there is this silent little voice in the back of my head that keeps asking me what’s the point of all of this?
The answer is that pinterest is different things to different people. For some it is a digital vision board. A place to organize and file all of their aspirational goals in one place.We will call them the dreamers. For others it is a great place to get recipes and instructions for DIY projects. We will call them the doers. The final group are the people who just love it for entertainment value of finding things you like and pinning it. We will call them your hardcore pinners.
Whatever category you fall into, I found a nice little insight that pinterest provides that not too many people are aware of. Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but pinterest secretly gives you access into someone’s head.
In other social media outlets, people have mastered the art of providing a well crafted and calculated view of themselves. I argue that pinterest provides the most intimate view of a person you will find.
Whether it be all of the things you aspire to get or the DIY projects you will never get to, each pin is a revelation of what speaks to you and what moves you on an emotional level.
For better or worse, we are what we like. Pinterest puts those tastes on display.
I did not bring this up for you to go and start snooping on other people’s pages and start making wild assumptions about them. I am pointing this out because pinterest could be a handy tool to look at what is going on in your own head.
If you look at my page for example, you will see a focus on architecture and health right now. This makes sense because right now I am starting a family and I am looking for more stability for my family. The two pillars of that stability are my health and a nice home to house my wife and my wonderfully wild little person. Pinterest has been a nice outlet to help me wrap my head around such a radical shift in my priorities from watches and cars.
If you find yourself going down the pinterest hole for hours on end as well, you might want to ask yourself what itch is it scratching? What issues are you avoiding or figuring out how to handle through this app? Are you dreaming, doing, or just pinning to avoid something else?
If you pull yourself back and look at your page objectively, you will definitely see some themes begin to emerge. You might be dealing with subtle, hidden issues that you were not aware of.
I am rooting for you. I hope you get those abs, that outfit, and I hope you build that diy project that has you so excited. Just remember to ask yourself one thing.
What are my pins trying to tell me?