Poll Reveals Large Number of Mothers Experience 'Pinterest Stress'

A recent survey of 7,000 mothers revealed that the majority of them have experienced "Pinterest stress," as they felt inadequate when they compared their lives to the picture-perfect pins. 

Of the mothers surveyed, 42 recent said the site made them feel depressed that their lives didn't match up to those on Pinterest.

Three in four said the pressure they experienced from browsing Pinterest was worse than being judged by other mothers.

They even ranked their stress from browsing the site at an 8.5 on a scale of one to ten.

Most of them admitted they stayed up all night attempting to recreate something they saw on the site, but felt upset when their attempts failed.

Jenna Andersen, 28, a mother of two, said she has suffered from Pinterest stress.

"It's largely a site of unrealized dreams…It tricks you into thinking that everyone is baking their own bread," she said. "It's so easy to get depressed. You start to feel like your entire life has to be like a magazine all the time."

She has attempted to make other mothers feel better by launching her own site, Pinterest Fail, which documents failed Pinterest endeavors. 

Glennon Doyle Melton, 37, said it is already stressful being a mother, and adding "17 layers of perfection and cutesiness" just adds even more. 

While the site does seem to induce stress, it has a lot of fans. It also produces a lot of beneficial feelings, allowing mothers to feel connected. It gives many inspiration and boosts their moods.

"Personally, I find it completely inspirational," Kim Parcher, a stay-at-home mom, said. "It has allowed me to discover things I would have never thought of before on my own, and has allowed my creativity to soar to depths I never thought possible."

She said the way she overcomes Pinterest stress is by being realistic. 

"What is the point of pinning an indoor hot tub to my 'Dream House' board when I know my bank account balance will never let that happen?" she said. 

Dena Fleno, 33, is also a fan of the site, but said she only uses it for special occasions.

"As I poured over oodles of pins one night, feeling slightly inadequate, I started to realize that, while I may think of myself as Martha Stewart on occasion, my kids don't want or need her," she said. 

Sources: Daily Mail,NBC


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