Pinterest offers many things. Mindless browsing. A bath in the sparkly sea of consumerism. What does the social platform not offer? Credible life advice.
Pour example: You log into Pinterest feeling sad, lonely and hideous. As you browse life advice and motivational quotes, looking for consolation and ways to lead a more fulfilling life, Pinterest wraps its arms around you:
In the site’s swamp of pedantic platitudes cleverly camouflaged as warm, comforting, life advice, your spirits may begin to lift. But, make no mistake: within these nice sayings in pretty fonts you are not discovering the key to a happier, healthier you. You are reading a series of letters, for some reason saved as an image, that bear no meaning in real life.
Take a deep breath:
Karen, Karen, Karen.
How can someone who spits out advice about turning off the TV at night–a good idea–also spew about “the one true appetite”. What is that?
As commenters Nicole Antoinette and Renee note, this is some Stepford bullshit. “Sleep when tired: nothing more to it” – is there indeed nothing more to life than keeping a clean, pretty house and a clean, pretty you? A spotless home doesn’t make a spotless soul, and deep immersion in your daily chores does not mean that you are more deeply immersed in life.
Here’s the truth: The state of your bed is not, in fact, the state of your head. Your material possessions only reflect your character and thoughts on the most superficial, banal level. Does someone who’s been in your house for a few minutes know the entire story of your life, the quagmire of shifting thoughts and feelings just behind your glassy stare? No, they don’t.
“Empty the hampers. Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.” Excuse me? I think I just had an intimate encounter with bullshit.
BRB, showering in the fountain of mindfullness to remove the stench.