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Does Pinterest Stress You Out?

stressedwomanpinterestI pretty much love all social media, but as I’ve written before, I just can’t get with Pinterest. Everything is just too shiny and too pretty and… oppressive.

I was speaking recently with some other bloggers and jokingly calling this renewed love of all things domestic for women the “Tyranny of Pinterest.” Because if I ever dare to look at something on Pinterest say, ideas for my daughter’s 7th birthday party I immediately feel incredibly overwhelmed and like a failure because there is just no way that my daughter’s birthday party is going to look like THAT.

Turns out, I’m not the only one that feels this way. Today Moms did a  survey and found that nearly half of them suffer from “Pinterest Stress.”

In our exclusive TODAY Moms survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers, 42 percent said that they sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough. Symptoms include staying up until 3 a.m. clicking through photos of exquisite hand-made birthday party favors even though you’ll end up buying yours at the dollar store, or sobbing quietly into a burnt mess of expensive ingredients that were supposed to be adorable bunny cookies for the school bake sale.

Anne of the site The Modern Mrs. Darcy wrote an interesting post about Pinterest stress back in January discussing how she doesn’t suffer from it because she “recognized the futility of comparing my life to what is essentially a neverending magazine.” She also talks about “social comparison” and how some of us are more prone to it than others. It’s a great post, and reaffirmed my choice to basically just avoid the site rather than allow it to make me feel like a loser.

What do you think? Do you suffer from Pinterest Stress? Or do you find a helpful tool?

 

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