I am probably way behind the times but about a month ago I took a look at the latest phenomenon sweeping the online world – Pinterest. I became aware of it because of several threads about it on the forum of Simple Savings. I had a browse and I just didn’t get what all the hype is about. I discarded any ideas of Pinterest as an inane waste of time with no redeeming features. I thought nothing more about it until I stumbled across 2 blogs in the last week.
Yesterday, one of the ‘Freshly Pressed’ featured blogs on WordPress was from Never Contrary about the same subject.
Please read these links as I think they probably put their thoughts far more eloquently than I will but here are my thoughts on Pinterest:
It can be addictive – this is almost the first comment from anyone who has joined.
The concept feeds unrealistic aspirations and can easily promote jealousy and envy.
It is an insidious form of clutter.
There could be serious legal implications.
It promotes consumerism and the acquisition of stuff.
Like everywhere else on the internet the advertisers are tracking your every move.
I have not joined and do not envisage being sucked into this unrealistic, time-wasting world of pinning. The blogs I have linked to have helped to crystallise my views. I would rather be creating something of value in my own home than be living vicariously through random images on the internet.
Have you joined Pinterest? What are your thoughts?