I got a Pinterest account months ago, but I’ve only been using it for a week. My biggest fear about becoming an active Pinterest user was that “pinning” would become my new favorite way to waste time. While my time-wasting fear was totally warranted (an hour on Pinterest goes by really quickly), the real danger of being on Pinterest is the envious consumer that it brings out in me. I see things on Pinterest and get the urge to bake, craft or buy them.
Case in point, I saw these Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip cookies and I had to make them…immediately.
They were just as amazing as they looked in the picture, but I was disappointed in myself for not sticking to my usual rule of buying only items that are on sale at the grocery store. Not waiting on Double Stuf Oreos to go on sale isn’t a big deal, but I can see the urge to buy new clothes, shoes and things to decorate my apartment getting stronger if I spend hours looking at my Pinterest board. I’m typically good with being satisfied with what I have, but I think the increase in my need to buy new clothes and try out new recipes is directly related to spending time in Pinterest.
The website is a great way to bookmark great ideas and pretty things, but it can get out of hand when you want to make those things a reality. My church is doing a series called Comparison Trap and it resonated with me when our pastor said “you find yourself emotionally competing with people you don’t even know.” We once tried to keep up with our neighbors, but now there’s the temptation to keep up with the great fashion and decorating skills of people we’ve never met online.
My pinning days aren’t over, but I’ll be sure to keep my lusting over things I know I don’t need in check. Feel free to follow me on Pinterest and call me out if I start obsessively buying or baking the things on my boards.
What do you think about Pinterest?