Right around the time I started exploring Pinterest I started feeling very insecure and emotionally eating. I couldn’t explain to anyone why I felt like this I just felt blahhhhhh. Last week I talked to my therapist about Pinterest and she said many people use it for “thinspiration” and ideas for what to cook and later puke back up. She also said many eating disorder patients are forbidden from looking at Pinterest until they are fully recovered.
It makes sense to me because the mixed messages from images on Pinterest have effected my subconscious greatly. I haven’t been bulimic or anorexic for quite some time but I still struggle with over eating and insecure thoughts. Pictures of brownies next to weight loss tips are the last thing I need so I have decided that I will continue pinning but stop looking at the popular page. I will only look at the pins of people I follow.
Also, Pinterest is a form of social media that comprises of mostly women. It makes me sad that the most popular pins have to do with weight loss. I rarely see any pins on the popular page about politics or social change. Which makes me wonder if in order to change the world so that women get equal pay, representation in government, and treatment maybe we need to change our pins and thoughts first?