9 Reasons Pinterest Is Actually Bad for You

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, odds are pretty good that you've heard of this little thing called Pinterest. The hit social sharing service has raked in about 10.4 million active users, making it one of the fastest-growing social sites of all time. But even with all the hype, many people are saying "no" to pinning and here are nine good reasons why. (Photo source: Pinterest)

  1. It's a time suck

    All it takes is one visit to Pinterest and you'll understand why it's considered a major time suck. The last thing we all need is another social media website to distract us at work and keep us up late at night. According to a news article from The Week magazine, 1/5 of Pinterest's registered users visit the site every day, and the average user spends approximately 98 minutes per month pinning. Remember, you'll never get that precious time back.

  2. You'll feel bad about yourself

    Pinterest is meant to inspire and bring out your inner Martha Stewart, but even with all the delicious recipes and adorable DIY crafts pinned to your board, your inspiration and patience is likely to run dry. In turn, you may breed discontentment for Pinterest and its users, who seem to have all the time, money, and creativity in the world to make these frivolous things. Bottom line: Pinterest gives people false hope of achieving more than is physically possible.

  3. Copyright violations

    Pinterest is a copyright nightmare for artists, photographers, bloggers, and anyone else who wants to protect their images from being used improperly. Pinterest members often make the mistake of pinning images they find online without giving credit to the source and linking back to its original site. It might seem harmless and good publicity for the image owners, but it can turn pretty nasty if they decide to sue for damages.

  4. It hurts originality

    The main purpose of Pinterest is to inspire new and creative ideas, but in many ways it actually hurts creativity because users can sit back and let the clever ideas roll in without ever having to think outside the box. These great, original ideas are pinned to millions of boards and copied to a tee, but many people don't put their own unique spin on it.

  5. You will be followed

    Whether you like it or not, people are going to follow you on Pinterest and comment when they feel like it. Users can choose to follow all of your pins or just your individual boards and scope out everything you like. Not only do you have stalkers on your trail, but they're also copycats who are ripping off your ideas and expecting more creative pins each day.

  1. It can be shallow and phony

    Pinterest isn't just cookies and cute quotes; it's also covered in gobs of trash. Now more than ever, you can find pictures of scantily dressed women and men with perfect bodies and over-the-top beauty trends that just scream shallow. Many people hide behind the Pinterest façade and pin things that they think will make them look cool or rich when they're actually nothing like their board represents.

  2. Lack of privacy settings

    Pinterest banks on your interest in sharing with others and makes it nearly impossible to have a private profile. Your pinboards are open for the world to see and vice-versa. To make matters worse, users who create their Pinterest profiles through Facebook will automatically follow people with common connections because the site now has access to your online information.

  3. It's inconsistent and poorly run

    Pinterest might be pretty, but it's a very inconsistent site. As most avid Pinterest users know, there are plenty of instances where you click on a pin and instead of being directed to the pin's source website, you end up back on the original Pinterest page you were just on. Another common problem pinners encounter is not being able to retrieve a recipe, instructions, or details on a pin because the website was never attached or improperly attached.

  4. It can be sneaky

    Pinterest has allegedly been generating revenue by secretly embedding code and tracking links from user-generated pins. Although Pinterest is not required by law to disclose this practice, they may be losing trust with their users by not being up-front about how they make money.

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