it’s just a thought that I had the other day whilst mindlessly pinning “cool things” and “dream wedding inspiration”** and “things I would do if I won the lotto” to my Pinterest account.
If you’re not yet familiar with pinterest, it is an image sharing website and app where users can create and manage theme-based image collections. The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.”
to be honest i’m not a heavy user of this site and I don’t feel particularly connected with anyone who has pinned the same items as I have. because I don’t really like “stuff” i feel a little ill at the idea of pinning images to themes such as “home decor” and “material products”, even though I have been sucked into doing it for this site. it’s like making something that is really obvious – we are materialistic consumerist society in general – even more obvious by pinpointing it to to the individual personal level.
but back to the pinning mindlessly away – which does take considerable time i should add – I did have that thought that if I wasn’t using the internet to bulk up my pinterest account to make myself look more interesting to strangers and random contacts, i couldve spent this time reading interesting library blogs or updating myself on world politics and current affairs. etc. (in the worst case, “liking” posts on facebook – at least I’m interacting with people I know).
then, my second thought: are the rapid popularity increases in sites like pinterest changing society’s information focus so now it’s (even) less about the words and more about the pretty pictures? or are we just getting lazier anyway and pinterest et al are simply repsonding to our needs?
**I made this one up… but it is a very popular ‘board’