Pinterest and Disinterest

I think we have a new first date question…

“Do you like Pinterest?” is a lot more subtle than “So…. are you Borderline Personality Disorder?”

‘Pinterest stress’ afflicts nearly half of moms, survey says.

In our exclusive TODAY Moms survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers, 42 percent said that they sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress – the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough. Symptoms include staying up until 3 a.m. clicking through photos of exquisite hand-made birthday party favors even though you’ll end up buying yours at the dollar store, or sobbing quietly into a burnt mess of expensive ingredients that were supposed to be adorable bunny cookies for the school bake sale.


Aiming for magazine- or Pinterest-worthy perfection all the time is an impossible goal for anyone, especially when you’ve got kids. And striving for perfection is a major source of stress for moms: One in four mothers told our TODAY Moms survey that the pressure they put on themselves to be perfect is a top cause of stress, and 75 percent report that the pressure they put on themselves is worse than any pressure or judgment they get from other moms. The result? Our average stress level is 8.5 out of 10, the survey says.


If that’s your wife, tell her to knock off the art department that only the mean girls in her head care about. Suggest she’d be better off lying on her back, letting you check in to the phallus palace and then she could take a nap.

In other news…

But that’s not all. In a press release published Tuesday, [Ashley Madison] also revealed that they typically see the highest spike in female signups on the day after Mother’s Day. In 2012, they saw a whopping 439 percent increase on that day as compared to a typical Monday.

“Mother’s Day tends to magnify the flaws, leads to questions about the choices you have made, and ultimately fosters conclusions around doing something different for yourself,” explains Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman. “This latter choice tends to be the genesis of many women’s journey into an affair.”


Maybe you could step up and burn the bunny cookies for her this weekend, or cook dinner or something. Meh it’s Mothers Day, there’s a little more expectation of Beta love. Some dinner suggestions… roast chickensides dishes.   If you’re buying her flowers… buy her a Just Add Ice Orchid. I got Jennifer one last September and it’s still alive! She loves it.

Sometimes a little extra effort saves you a ton of angst and trouble later on. You don’t want to be starting over asking questions about Pinterest as a screening tool because you couldn’t pass Loyalty Testing 101.

Just remember to keep the Alpha goodness in place. Have fun with it. Don’t skip your workout for any of this.

(Disclaimer: I have no idea what Pinterest is. I think it’s like a Special Olympics version of Facebook)


  1. I too have no idea what pinetrest is or why people do it. I made my wife a book with family pics and a lame story on shutterfly. Kids made a couple things at school. As one of my friends, who doesn’t get anything for his wife, says: “she’s not MY mom”. Insinuating it’s not his job to get stuff. While I appreciate that, at least plan a trip to the zoo or brunch or some shit to make her feel special. Plus kids cards. Don’t forget kid cards. Thats it. Hope it works for y’all this Sunday.In my family my wife and I are not “gifts” Language people, si anything is a bonus. Peace

  2. Hearthrose says:

    Pinterest is an online scrapbook. Online speeding up the acquisition of whatever you’d cut and stick in your ideabook before – and you can nose through other people’s scrapbooks and copy their stuff.

    I’m a devoted pinner, but my interests tend towards fashion and pretty colors. Nice way to chill out on voice with my hubs while he does some online gaming. I don’t get stressed about it.

  3. tilikum says:

    bro, you are getting soft.

    check yourself.

  4. I’m a self admitted FB addict and yet Pintrest is just too overwhelming for me to even try to get into. I’m barely over the switch from MySpace to FB and that was yrs ago! Besides everyone reposts the good pins on FB so I can still see a lot of it if I want. Most of it is how to add even more chemical crap to box cake mixes (yay for transfats!) and how to over-complicate dinner settings. Then again I am more concerned with quality of food over presentation and I don’t use place mats (it’s another extra thing to clean- what’s the point? I’d rather just wipe down the table and call it a day!). Oh and my Mother’s Day present was buying a top of the line car seat for my toddler since they just had a $100 off sale and I have been stalking for deals on it for months now. I’m very down with the practical gift thing but it has to be something that wanted and needed as well as ideally on sale since hate to miss a bargain. Supposedly I will also be getting a small token on Sunday as well. We’ll see- I was practically demanding divorce papers on February 15….

  5. @tilikum- classy name BTW, I think you’re right. I was going to say you’re missing the part about having good balance of Alpha and Beta but definitely should have included “after getting tykes tucked in their beds on Sunday night, lock your bedroom door, make her come at least twice and then pound her like mad so she’ll want to make even more babies with you”.

  6. Trimegistus says:

    I’m kind of in the same camp as L, above: On Mother’s Day she’s going to get crappy craft projects from the kids and lots of reminders that she’d getting old. I expect that accounts for all those Ashley Madison signups the next day: Moms wanting to not feel too old to be sexy.

    So show her that on Mother’s Day. Tuck the kids in, or let them have the car keys and money for a double feature, and go all Alpha bull elephant on her. The next day she’ll be too sore to sit down at the computer and sign up for Ashley Madison, and too happy to bother.

  7. I’ve always been afraid of the ‘pin interest’ button….didn’t know where it would go.
    Really don’t know what it is either…

  8. MEH…. I use Pinterest, what of it? :P

    I spend a grand total of maybe 10 minutes a day, if I look at it at all. It’s good for practical things. But I have plenty of friends who are constantly trying little crafts and shit from there. And they never turn out right, lol.

    It’s really great for finding Paleo recipes.

  9. If you had included a picture, we could have pinned this insightful article. Love pinterest.

  10. I absolutely love Pinterest. Online scrapbook is accurate, but I don’t bother with crafts at all since I have no illusions about my ability, or any desire to get better at it. It’s mostly a place for me to re-pin quotes, sayings, and jokes. I used to tape quotes and comics to my wall when I was in high-school, and this is like a continuation of that. I sometimes also re-pin recipes so I can find them later. But I love cooking, and am good at it, so no inadequacy induced depression there. My motherhood board is awesome. If I’m having a bad day, I scroll through it for five minutes and it never fails to cheer me up.

  11. LMFAO @ “the phallus palace”

  12. holdingallthecards says:

    There are SAHM’s and working moms, and the interest and priorities in things like “I have to have better cupcakes than so-and-so” or sites like Pininterest are obviously geared to the guilt of the former category of moms, not the latter.

    Nothing wrong with having a hobby unless it interferes with the day-to-day parts of life (definitely includes a daily orgasm). But obviously this can apply to men, too.

  13. Psychoalphadiscobeta says:

    I have a history of providing the best Mother’s Days for my wife. This year was no exception. She woke up to mimosas and puff pancakes made by oldest daughter, raspberry syrup made by youngest daughter, chunks of baked potato fried in a pan with onion and red bell pepper and scrambled eggs with sausage. Next came her gifts which was money to be used for new work uniforms as she was starting a new job the next day that she was really excited about. Then she got to relax and drink wine spritzers while I cleaned up and began preparing bab back ribs on the bbq for dinner. We had salad and new red potatoes and for dessert we had cheesecake. It truly is beta for the win day. I’m glad that it is only once a year.


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