why i deleted pinterest

When I was 18, I quit Pinterest.

Pinterest is not inherently good or bad. It’s a tool. However, my Pinterest use was getting out of control and causing me to sin. At the time, I was newly single. Like many 18 year old girls, I had a wedding board on Pinterest. I saved pictures of wedding gowns, reception decorations, and flower arrangements.

When I became single, I didn’t think I would ever get married. I spent a lot of time moping about being “forever alone” before I realized that seeing pretty pictures of wedding ideas on Pinterest was only adding fuel to the fire.

Matthew 5:29-30 says “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell” (NASB).

Pretty harsh, right? In context, Jesus was talking about lust. Pinterest wasn’t causing lust in that sense of the term. However, both discontentment and lust are rooted in the same cause: wanting something that you cannot have.

I wanted a pretty wedding, a dress with a full skirt, and a handsome man who loved me. Desiring to be married wasn’t wrong, but focusing on it at the expense of other beneficial things wasn’t good.

After some consideration, I ultimately decided that I couldn’t handle Pinterest at that time. I deleted my account and said goodbye. I did not touch the site again for a long time.

I ended up getting a Pinterest account again a couple of years later when I was engaged. At that point, I was searching for things that I could use right then, not for things that were off in the distant future somewhere. Since I was using it that way, it was a healthy thing. After I was married, I found a lot of helpful recipes and meal planning ideas by using Pinterest.

Even now, I sometimes take a step back from Pinterest. Occasionally, I’ll browse through my feed, only to find titles along the lines of “How to Make Your Child a Complete Genius Who Speaks Three Languages and Only Eats Organic Vegetables” or “How to Look Like You Have Never Had a Baby Before.” I made those titles up, but I’m sure you can envision what I mean.There are lots of things on the internet that have the underlying message “you are not enough, and here’s what you need to do more and be more and be better.”  It’s easy to get overwhelmed by an onslaught of that sort of information.

Maybe you don’t struggle with a certain website, but you struggle with discontentment in other ways. I think through these three questions when I evaluate if something needs to stay in my life or not.

Is this causing me to ignore the responsibilities of the present and excessively daydream about the future?

Am I striving for more when I ought to just be still? (Psalm 46:10)

Is this causing me to sin?

Have you ever eliminated a type of social media from your life, either for a season or permanently?

16 comments on “Why I Quit Pinterest”

  1. I think you were wise to not use Pinterest at that season of your life, since it wasn’t helpful! I primarily use pinterest for lesson ideas…or search when I’m planning a party to spark my creativity. It has a lot of good points, but I definitely understand why people can become frustrated by it!

  2. Great thoughts! As a teen girl I often see many friends with thousands of pins on wedding boards and such. I really hate when I see teen girls with boards like “Hot guys” or “Man crush” with tons of pics of celebrities and “hot guys”. I don’t know why it doesn’t register that girls can lust too…..Thanks again!! Good article!!

  3. I think you hit the nail on the head! There are too many “5 million things to do before your daughter turns 18 or she will turn out horrible” posts and the like that we wind up feeling so inadequate if we are not careful. Everything in moderation.

  4. Excellent post Laura! Before I started blogging, I had a lot more time on my hands. I would spend endless hours roaming through Pinterst. I was on the verge of turning 30 and I was looking to Pintrest to tell me who I should be in the upcoming decade of my life. The articles were well meaning, but I started feeling like I was not pretty enough, had not accomplished enough, was not who I wanted to be…it was a bad time for me. I, too had to step away for the benefit of my heart and mental health. Now I use Pinterest for work only. I know who I am supposed to be in my Father and I leave it there!

    • I, at one point, had to step away from social media altogether for the reasons both you and Laura have described. Sometimes, it’s very easy to fall into the “I should be that” trap. And that’s when we have to step away, like you both said, and remember who we really are in Christ. Great post, Laura!

  5. I try to take social media fasts every now and again because well…all of the above. It can be such a time vacuum!! I’ve even moved my social media apps of the front screen of my phone because I don’t want to be tempted to choose them first. That place is designated for God and family. Love your wisdom and encouragement today.

  6. I cancelled my Facebook account for reasons similar to yours. It was the best decision I ever made about social media. And lots of gossiping going on there too.

    However I use Pinterest because I use it to find crochet patterns 🙂

    • It’s all about what you can handle! I tend to use Pinterest to look up something specific now, rather than to just browse.

  7. May I just say, oh my GOODNESS! This is exactly what I went through a couple of years ago, when my boyfriend broke up with me. All I did was repin sad and broken hearted quotes. It finally took me a while until I humbled myself and admitted that Pinterest was a problem for me & deleted it for a long time. I only got it back because I use it primarily for business. Thank you for sharing what you experienced & using it to glorify God!

    • You are so welcome! I primarily use it for business now too. I do actually make some of the recipes I find on there though. 🙂

  8. We have to be so wise in how we use social media, there’s a real danger to become discontent and feel like we’re not enough. Pinterest has never been that for me, but I’ve got to be careful with Facebook and Instagram.

  9. I agree with you that you should step back from something that is causing you to sin or just feel bad. My husband doesn’t use social media because he feels there are too many temptations for himself.

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