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Pinterest: Helping or Hindering Creativity?

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Being almost 5 1/2 months pregnant (get used to me shamelessly plugging my pregnancy into every post), the nursery planning and decorating is in full swing.

As I was driving home from work the other day, I started yet another to-do list in my head of things I need to get for baby girl’s new space. While pondering curtain colors and crib bedding patterns, I almost instinctively thought well I’ll just look it up on Pinterest when I get home. 

I realized in that moment, that as soon as that little red and white “P” icon popped into my head, my creative thinking stopped. I’ve been thinking about this incident ever since.

Does Pinterest help, or hinder my creativity? 

I’ve been an avid Pinterest user and abuser since it’s early days. I can think back to college when I used it to find photo project ideas. To when I got my first place and used it to help me choose college-budget-friendly DIY decor ideas. To when we bought our first home and I looked to it for paint color schemes and feng shui furniture layouts. And now, to planning my little girl’s nursery.

I’ve had a lot of successes with Pinterest projects. And my fair share of Pintrosities, too. But, could I not have exercised my creative thinking skills enough to come up with these ideas on my own? I grew up watching my mom do it. She never had Pinterest or the internet to help her pull off some top-notch crafts and DIY projects in her day. She’s by far the most creative person I know. But is her expert-level creativity the result of years of having to come up with these projects and ideas on her own?

Maybe I’m overthinking it. But, when was the last time I had an original home update project, craft project or other DIY idea that I didn’t search on Pinterest before completing? I’m really not sure.

I’m going to play devil’s advocate and say that I do believe that Pinterest does a lot of good for our creativity as well. I absolutely love its ability to inspire otherwise uninspired people to pick up some tools and create! I’ve found tons of great ideas on Pinterest that I’ve been able to share with my friends who always say they’re not “artsy” enough to pull off anything like that. And, with the friendly step-by-step instructions provided by Mrs Pin, they DO!

I’d just ask that we (including ME), let the mind wander a bit before we default to Pinterest for our crafty ideas. You’ll be surprised how much creativity you can unleash if you give yourself a chance!


2 thoughts on “Pinterest: Helping or Hindering Creativity?”

  1. Really interesting post. I have never thought about this before. I think the difference between how my mum used to craft and how I craft is that she used to go to evening classes or learn from friends, whereas now I just go to Youtube. For her crafting used to be a social thing, and now it’s my excuse not to socialise.


    1. Thank you for the comment. I agree. The generation before us had to find other ways to grow and express their creativity. And I think in a lot of ways, they’re better off for it. I’m the same as you though, when I craft I retreat to my “quiet place” and don’t want to be bothered or socialize.

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