Thursday, September 22, 2011

The stages of pinterest addiction

I've been on Pinterest for about three weeks now, so I think it's safe to say that I'm at the end of these stages, which is why I feel qualified to teach you all about it now. Correct me if I'm wrong!

Stage one: Excitement. 
It's fun to discover that you can virtually "pin" your interests and ideas onto a virtual bulletin board. As you are figuring it all out, you realize that people you don't know can "re-pin" your ideas if they like them too. The first time this happens, you get uber excited because you're all, "oh wow, these people like my ideas! they like me, they really like me!" And then when one of your on-line finds get over 50 re-pins, you are over the moon.

Stage two: Obsession and time-wasting.
You soon go crazy for collecting all those ideas, recipes, outfits, etc. that people are pinning. Since you have realized that pinning strangers' ideas isn't weird, you go on a pinning frenzy! Everything is a cool idea, and you want to try every recipe. And before you know it, you have spent far too long looking at the computer.

Stage three: Action. 
Now that you have all these ideas you try, you go out to gather the items necessary to accomplish them. You go to the Home Depot (and if you're like me who never goes there, you start to realize that it's actually a pretty cool place) to pick up supplies, Michael's Crafts for some other essentials, and the grocery store for necessary ingredients. You start your projects, or intend on starting them, but you end up repeating stage two.

Stage four: Realization.
This refers to the realization that a lot of "cool"things you see on Pinterest cycle through. You start realizing the fads that come through, and you (dare I say it?) start to get tired of seeing the same things over and over again. One example for me is the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster that everyone has been obsessing over lately. I, for one, can't take it anymore. It has spiraled out of control. Case in point:
These are just a few OF MANY that I see being pinned on Pinterest on a daily basis. I picked these ones because if it weren't so overused already, these are ones that I could see myself pinning. But the best one I found one said this:

"Keep calm and stop remixing this freaking poster already. The first few were funny, and now it's completely played out. Yes--keep calm and change the second line to something else. Then maybe change the crown to another icon or image relating to the second line. We get it. It's not funny or interesting anymore. It's done. It's over."

SO TRUE! (I didn't post the actual poster because of bad language that probably wouldn't be appreciated on this blog since my parents read it from time to time)

And one more thing: it's a good thing that guys don't really care about Pinterest too much, because I'm sure they would start to think that girls are absolutely ridiculous over the things they pin sometimes. If I were a guy and saw girls putting up little self-validating quotes like "A girl worth kissing is not easily kissed" I would be all,  "yeah, okay. You just keep telling yourself that that's why you're still single." I'm just saying this from the guys perspective, people! I could be wrong.

Anyway, moving on.
Stage five: Calmness.
This is the stage where you start do develop a more subdued relationship with Pinterest. You still kill time on it once in a while, but you have calmed down. You appreciate Pinterest for what it is: a great way to bookmark the things you find on-line and a cool tool to find cool ideas from other people, but you don't go nuts like you used to.

If you haven't joined Pinterest yet, get on that, yo!! Read stage 5 again to see why you should use Pinterest. You can check out my stuff here.

Happy pinning!


  1. I don't want to have to go through all those stages. That's why I am still avoiding the inevitable

  2. So, I went to Michaels and Hobby Lobby this weekend to get items for a Halloween craft idea I found on, of course, Pinterest. Everything is sold out! The guy at Hobby Lobby was all "yeah, everyone has been coming in looking for those same items..." So much for thinking I could get original ideas on that site. :( I have decided that site is mostly good for recipes. I'm keeping the original ideas to myself!

  3. Ha ha this is funny.
    I think maybe I've skipped to stage five right from the get-go. I like the recipes, like Kelsy, and I use it to store stuff, instead of saving images to my computer all the time. I haven't really ever browsed what other people post, maybe that's the key.
    Off to go snoop your pins - expectations are high! ;)