Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pinterest? No thanks, not pinterested.

You may have heard of the website, Pinterest.  It's now taking the world by storm!

From Wikipedia.org:

Pinterest is a pinboard-style [a]social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own collections and or 'like' photos. Pinterest's mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting" via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing. Pinterest allows its users to share 'pins' on both Twitter and Facebook, which allows users to share and interact with a broad community.
Of course, like Facebook and Twitter (the devil), I will not be using Pinterest.  Why not?  I find that partaking of my hobbies in real life is better than 'showing off' what I did to the rest of the world.  Furthermore, I don't see the point in “connect[ing] [to] everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting." 

When I used Facebook, a few months back, almost half of my friends were raving about Pinterest.  I went and looked at it and could not help but wonder: "what's the point of this site?"  Some tried to explain it to me.  "It's just the greatest thing ever!" I was told.  But I wasn't swayed.  In fact, it was part of what made me decide to leave Facebook in the first place.

The time is nigh to consider leaving this (a)social media behind.  The time is nigh to realize that what you create does not have to be thrust onto the computer for the rest of the world to see.  When I traveled, I used to think "I bet these pictures will look so good on Facebook."  Such thinking was a disease.  Now I think "I will have these pictures as a memory for me and my family to enjoy."  There is no need to do everything thinking "I hope the world likes that which I do."  There is no need to try incessantly to impress the rest of the world.  Sites like Pinterest, Twitter (the devil), Facebook, MySpace, etc. try to make one live a transparent life in which one hopes to validate themselves to anyone and everyone elseThey create frictionThey create dependence on the perception of others.  Only by leaving Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the rest behind can one truly become independent.  I find it hard to believe that anyone who goes on Facebook more than once per day can say "I am not addicted."  One has to wake up to the reality that Facebook is addicting and has negative consequences.  Lost time with the loved ones who are next to you.  Lost time with a spouse or pet.  Lost time with your own children.  Is it worth that?  Don't give me the excuse that you use Facebook to communicate with your family and friends who live far away.  If that is the case, you can pick up a phone and talk to them one to one.  Facebook and Twitter have both reduced the world to mental sludge.  One hundred and forty character tweets leave little to nothing of real intelligent discourse.  These sites fail at what people think they are doing.  They are not social networking sites.  They are ASOCIAL and even ANTISOCIAL in almost every regard.  Purge Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest from your life.  Awake to a world of infinite possibilities.  Possibilities that the pacifiers known as (a)social networking are taking away from you.

Not swayed by Pinterest's iron grip that is taking hold on Facebook, the travesty of our generation?  Leave a comment below.

3 comments:

  1. I agree with nearly everything you have said on your blog, but I do feel the need to correct one thing.

    Pinterest can be used for other things other than shoving off your own personal things. It is useful to visually bookmark things you liked and use the pinterest search engine to find innovative ideas, such as great DIY projects or things you would like to get. It's alot easier than googling etc.

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  2. I used pinterest to come up with recipes and ideas for a baby shower I was hosting and my daughter's first communion. Everything all in one place with fabulous ideas. I don't care if those people were "showing off" they left "how to's". And I did do. ;)

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  3. Thank you. I think Pinterest may have some useful aspects. Surely, more useful than Facebook (which I have found to be, all in all, skewed on the side of useless).

    I, however, never bothered with Pinterest as I felt it would become a burden to me and a huge time sink if I started to use it. Thank you for your comment.

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