Pinterest Stress: 42 Percent of Moms Suffer

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Pinterest stress: Out of a survey of 7,000 mothers in the United States, 42 percent said they sometimes suffer from so-called Pinterest stress.

The stress stems from “the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough,” according to Today, which conducted the survey.

Symptoms include staying up until 3 a.m. on the website and feeling like a failure as a mom because baked goods don’t turn out how they’re supposed to.

“It tricks you into thinking that everyone is baking their own bread,” Jenna Andersen, 28, a mother of two, told Today. “Pinterest is largely a site of unrealized dreams.”

Anderson, of Palo Alto, California, runs a blog, Pinterest Fail, which has accounts of Pinterest-inspired crafts and recipes gone wrong.

Pinterest is a relatively new social media website geared towards women where one “pins” a picture, recipe, or some other visual thing onto a virtual bulletin board. The site has attracted hundreds of millions of users.

Glennon Doyle Melton, a mother of three in Naples, Florida, told Today that it’s time to for mothers to lower their expectations of themselves.

“Being a parent is so physically and emotionally and mentally exhausting,” she said. “To add 17 layers of perfection and cutesiness? I don’t know of any study that ever said kids turn out better if they have rainbow colored birthday cakes. Why are we doing this to ourselves?”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.