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English: Red Pinterest logo
English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a 20-something, you are right to assume that my interests include Spider-Man memes, YouTube videos involving human-animal interaction, and making mini-terrariums.

I discover these things through the wonderful internet, and it’s impossible to bookmark all of the great treasures that I find.

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(you should click on those links by the way)

The last time I cut something out of a magazine and pasted in a scrapbook, or glued it into anything I’d remember to look at again, was probably middle school.

I do have a homemade cork board in my kitchen that I stick receipts and concert tickets on, and I got the idea from Pinterest.

My cork board idea is currently pinned in my collection called “Crafting,” along with 55 other “pins” that fit the category.

I have 1,070 pins in total, yet I have only used or implemented a handful. That includes my cork board.

The idea of modge podging inspirational words and photos together in a “Dream Home” or “My Wedding” scrapbook isn’t new, but the fact that it has become a digital addiction is. When I ask people if they are on Pinterest, their response is always low and filled with fear: “I can’t do that anymore. I won’t get anything done.”

When I’m on Pinterest, I feel overwhelmed with creativity. Millions of ideas are there for me to discover and to do, yet I just sit in front of my (slowly dying 2008) MacBook, collecting and sorting them. Pinterest keeps me busy, but only virtually. It gives me the sense that I’m being productive, when all I’m doing is endlessly scrolling through slow-cooker recipes while I eat a bowl of Cheerios with whole milk.

As a generation of dreamers, maybe the fun in Pinterest is the potential it holds. It feels good to know that all the things you bump into on the internet are safely kept in your own digital scrapbook, there for you to look back if you ever want to.

 

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