I have been happy for days. I blocked Pinterest on Facebook! So thrilled. Why is that so great? Two reasons.
Firstly, I feel like Pinterest is like standing over everybody’s home bulletin board. Every time they think something is cute or pithy or interesting or whatever, they pin it. I don’t need that kind of continuous stream of what my friends are thinking. Facebook and what you can post/share to Facebook was already quite enough of that! And probably quite enough FROM me as well.
Secondly, I don’t know about your friends, but if I had to “judge” my friends based on what they post, share, and pin, I would think that they are all depressed, dowtrodden people who need every possible reminder that they’re OK they way they are! Or hard work will achieve goals! Or don’t give up! Or if you are down, a baby’s smile will warm your heart! Or don’t frown… someone might be falling in love with your smile! Or strong women have to do this and that, even if nobody else likes it! Or stop making excuses and do it! Or do it or don’t do it but Jesus loves you!
I was starting to feel like I was thrown into a group therapy session I hadn’t signed up for. It was motivational, captioned photo after home-made pseudo-motivational, captioned photo-taken-by-someone-else-but-I-grabbed-it-from-Google-images-hope-nobody-minds. Pinterest seemed to ramp this up, and I was not lacking this in my life.
Sure, there was also all sorts of pins of clothing and accessories my female friends coveted. Doesn’t jazz me. Pins of CRAZY images going around the web. I was probably not missing those. I guess I am just not catching Pinterest fever.
I was happy to find the Hide All button on Facebook. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything now that it’s blocked, and that’s the test. If I blocked it, and then wondered, “Hmmm… what am I missing now that I can’t see this,” then it might be something of value. But I can’t find the value. If I want to pin something for me, I’ll put it in Evernote. If I want to pin it for you, I will do a Facebook share and/or blog about it here.