Pinterest Addiction

Natalie Ealy is a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is on track to graduate in spring 2015. She is a Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in Marketing. Natalie is involved on campus through the IUP Hawk Rock, which is an organization that helps spread awareness and fight hunger and homelessness in the Indiana community. She also is involved with the IUP Fashion Association. Her plans after graduation are to start working in the fashion industry with the dream of becoming a buyer.

Let’s be real. Most of us have a lot of down time between classes or we just need some way to be distracted. Facebook and Twitter can be fun but really can’t fill all the time. So most college girls turn to a different form of social media, Pinterest.
The Pinterest bug has definitely spread drastically within the last year few years. Everyone seems to be pinning for hours on end and all of their “free” time is consumed by this website. Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com) is a pin-board style social photo sharing website that allows users to create a unique collection of images. The “follow” feature lets you keep up with certain pinners and you have the option to “repin” or “like” your favorite pins. Simple enough? All you have to do is set up a free account and the world is your inspiration. There are thousands of boards to look through and over 30 categories of pins to help you find anything you could possibly be looking for.
So it only makes sense that Pinterest would contain the latest college fashion trends. Practically every pinner has a board devoted to fashion or the style that they wished they had. Even magazines, celebrities and companies use this site to get their ideas out into the world and all students have to do is follow their board(s). This could be fashion for their future job, current style, or for that super fun Halloween costume you want to do with your roommate. It can even be for that crazy DIY t-shirt you will never wear after you make it (if you actually take the time to make it).
And everyone has a wedding board, even if it is set as secret. A typical college girl will binge watch Friday Bride Day on TLC and start planning a wedding of their own. Most of these girls do not even have a significant other, but that does not stop them from picking out there wedding cake or making their DIY seating chart. Some simply pin to remind themselves of the wedding they wish they could have while others actually have no idea and pin like crazy. If guys knew about all the wedding talk going on through Pinterest, they surely would be frightened.
Now this site isn’t simply for the wedding obsessed. There are many of majors that can benefit from Pinterest. Education majors use this site to look up ideas to incorporate into their classrooms and templates for lesson plans. Apartment-style students use it to find quick and easy recipes to cook up in the kitchen. Art majors find inspiration for their next projects. History majors look up artifacts and landmarks. Nursing majors can see different procedures and even find cute scrubs. And we all use it to try to make that copy-cat Starbucks drinks.
The absolute best thing about Pinterest? Someone random re-pins or likes your pin. Everyone loves to be noticed, and if it is from someone you don’t know, it’s even better. Pinterest popularity really doesn’t mean much in the real world, but in your world it is pure gold.
So what are you waiting for? Get pinning!

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