Pinterest, the internet's Home For Wayward Mason Jars™, is causing serious stress for moms. Apparently ladies are feeling inadequate because their attempts at craftiness aren't as stellar as the stuff showcased on the website's homepage. Women are worried their homemade cherpumples look like dino turds, and they're embarrassed they didn't build their baby's entire nursery from old popsicle sticks. Keeping up with the Jones is hard, especially when they both probably blog for Apartment Therapy.
In a survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers, the Today show found that forty-two percent of moms say they suffer from Pinterest stress. Meaning, they don't feel they're "crafty or creative enough".
“It tricks you into thinking that everyone is baking their own bread,” said Jenna Andersen, 28, a Palo Alto, Calif., mom of two, photographer and blogger behind the hilarious site Pinterest Fail, which chronicles Pinterest-inspired crafts and recipes gone oh-so-wrong. She’s still a fan of the site, but she’s learned not to let herself think that the artfully curated photos represent anyone’s reality. “Pinterest is largely a site of unrealized dreams.”
The closest thing I've ever made to DIY Thin Mints is buying a package of Thin Mints. Hey! The Girl Scouts are rad — support them!
Ladies don't need yet another social media fountain spurting feelings of inadequacy, and some of us just aren't naturally crafty. If you get off on handmaking ukeleles from vintage cuban cigar boxes and string you reclaimed from an old sea captain's beard, that's great. But if you'd rather order that shit off Etsy, have at it. Or even better, get your kid's next birthday part decorations at the Dollar Store. Besides, let's be honest, all kids are going to remember about the party is whether there was a bouncy castle or not.