According to a survey of 7,000 users (which is a pretty big sample size!), 42% of them feel depressed about their own lives after they look at Pinterest.
Hold up. Pinterest? The home of a million ideas? The first place I go when I'm stumped about a project? It makes people sad?!
I'm seriously caught off guard with this one. To me, Pinterest has never been a representation of anybody's real life. It's the place to go for inspiration, kind of like a magazine where everybody's the editor. It's where you share your best ideas. Yes, there are a lot of gorgeously styled pictures in every category, but I know that's not how things look on a normal day. Maybe it's because I'm a blogger and I write about my own house (therefore giving me some "insider" perspective), but I know that everything we see over there is all gussied up for production value.
In fact, let's use our kitchen as an example. This is a shot I took over the summer after I painted our cabinets. It's not the greatest picture ever taken, but despite my photographic shortcomings you can see that the room is so fresh and so clean:
See? If I used the second picture when I was telling you about the cabinet project, you'd wonder why I didn't move our crap out of the way. I had to clean up because the project was a big success and that's what I wanted you to focus on. I didn't want you dazzled by how many dirty dishes accumulate on the counter (though it is impressive for a two person household, if I do say so myself).
Clutter is distracting, so I move it out of frame. My goal here in this little slice of internet is to get people excited about decorating their houses, and that's going to be an uphill battle if my pictures don't showcase the right things. It's not about being perfect or only showing part of the story, it's about giving you the 411 in a way that makes sense.
So. Hopefully none of you get bummed out by looking at Pinterest, but if you do, I hope this helps. I think it's one of the best places to get ideas (I even use it instead of Google sometimes) and I don't want anybody to miss out.
How do you feel about Pinterest? Yay or nay? Are you surprised by that survey, too?