We live in an age where the internet is King. Us mere humans have been sucked in and have all, somehow, become loyal servants of the World Wide Web. I, of course, am no exception.
In 2016, if you need to know something, anything at all, you simply ask Google and the answers are all there for you, received seconds after they were requested. The internet really is an amazing thing and most of us would feel completely lost without it. However, thanks to the internet, this little thing called social media has wriggled its way into our daily lives and is setting its sights on world domination
I have a love/hate relationship with social media. Without it, hardly anyone would read my blog, it’s a great way to network and keep in touch with friends and family. On the other hand, it can steal so much of your time. I could spend hours on Facebook alone, scrolling but never really seeing, reading statuses from people I haven’t seen in the actual, physical world for years. The things the bothers me most about social media though is how most of the things people post on there go through a filter first. No, InstaGram lovers, I am not talking about Valencia or Amaro. I simply mean this, people are very selective about what they choose to share in the online world.
This is totally up to each individual person of course and I myself am guilty of only sharing the good parts of my life on Facebook or taking 5 photos of the same thing and choosing the best one to post on InstaGram. I don’t do this to make my life seem perfect, I just don’t think people would like reading about the fact the cat just threw up (again) or all the other things that go wrong on a daily basis. I doubt a blurred picture of Leo’s face would get much attention amongst the thousands of perfectly framed ones on InstaGram,
There is one social media platform in particular that always succeeds in making me feel inadequate, and that is Pinterest. As a blogger and generally quite creative person, I love Pinterest. I go there for inspiration and ideas on loads of different things but I always come away from it feeling slightly useless. Everything on Pinterest is so perfect, don’t you think? The recipes and pictures of cakes on there are enough to turn Mary Berry green with envy and all the craft ideas! How do these people come up with all of these ideas and then their children execute them all so perfectly? I am pretty sure most of the ‘100 toddler craft ideas’ are all secretly done by the parents, there is no way a 2 year old can make bunting, there is just no way.
|Our romantic homemade pizza, not quite as heart shaped as we were hoping for. It tasted good though so who cares?!|
My feelings of jealousy and inadequacy don’t stop me pinning away like someone possessed though. I have boards full of projects and activities, most of which will probably never be attempted. There are several things I have tried to make using guides I have found on Pinterest and they never look like they are supposed to. The instructions are easy, I have all the required equipment and yet Autumnal crafts end up a sticky, leafy mess and what should be beautifully decorated cupcakes end up slightly sad looking with buttercream icing dripping all over the place.
What I am saying is, my life is not Pinterest perfect. If I wrote up posts on the crafts Leo and I make or some of my kitchen experiments, no one would pin them. Rarely do I make anything so beautiful it can produce an attractive, pinnable image. No one will share a recipe when the end result really does look like a 2 year old made it.
I am OK with that though. I don’t mind that my life isn’t Pinterest perfect. The food I bake may not look amazing but it always tastes yummy. The little things Leo and I make may look rubbish in comparison but at least we have fun making them. It is a shame taste and enjoyment can not be portrayed easily in an image.
While I am still going to pick and choose what I share on my social media channels, I am not going to feel disheartened that my life is not as visually perfect as those of the Pinterest greats. After all, I would much prefer a life that is full of fun and messy crafts and dodgy looking cakes than one spent stressing about creating photos so perfect my blog goes viral.
|I will continue to pin toddler distraction techniques!|
What do you think of social media? Do you filter what you put on there? Does Pinterest make you feel a bit crap sometimes too? I would love to know what you think.
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