Friday, March 23, 2012

What I Learned From A Pinterest Comment

The other day I saw this pin on Pinterest that said that only 2% of the population has green eyes. I commented on it, saying that both my parents have green eyes, but my brother and I ended up with blue. It was a random thing-- I'd commented on a few other pins so I didn't think much about it. Days later the comments on that one pin are still pouring in. It seems that everyone who has green eyes needs to say something about it. I learned two things from this:

1. Think long and hard before you comment on Pinterest, or disable the thing that sends you emails letting you know other people have commented. Last night I had no emails. I sat down to watch an episode of Cold Case (thank you, Ion channel for airing these back to back several nights a week) and after the show was over I noticed I had 37 new emails. THIRTY SEVEN. Almost every single one of them was another comment about green eyes!! So then I had to delete all of them and that made me grumpy. I realize this was not a monumental discovery, but perhaps I am saving someone from this same fate. This has been going on for several days and I am tired of the follow-up comments.

2. (This is an actual discovery and not something trivial like number one.) People want to feel special. I know. It's not rocket science. We all know people want to feel special on this basic level. But I'd never seen it played out like this, in black and white for all to see. (Or at least for those of us who are getting every. single. follow. up. comment.) Over and over people are commenting with this... exuberance over finding out just how unique they are. "I knew I was special!" seems to be the prevailing thought. In a world where everyone seems to want to follow the trends-- they want to wear what's in style, eat at the most popular restaurants, watch the shows "everyone" is talking about, etc.-- you have this simple thing of people wanting to simultaneously feel unique. Special. Exceptional. Part of the 2%, not the 98%.

I'm not sure what any of this means except that I learned something about people from this. And I hope it's something I carry into my dealings with them in the future. It has challenged me to Seek The Special in those I come in contact with. Whether it's their unique eyes, or their unique talent, their unique perspective, or unique background, I can seek the special-- and then point it out. I can remind them, "You're not like everyone else. You have something that makes you different from the masses. And that difference counts. That difference could make all the difference."

So that's what I learned from one random Pinterest comment. But I have to say, in the future, if I comment on a pin, I'm going to disable the follow-up emails.
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Connie said...
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Connie said...

Very insightful! I don't comment on pintrest because I noticed that some of those "discussion" become very personal and heated...and at times..people ask the Pinner to delete their pins! I thought Pintrest was just for fun... :/ Don't understand why everything has to be SO serious... Great post!!! :D

Zibilee said...

Oh my, it sounds like you got more than you bargained for when you made that comment. The emails that you got were annoying, but it's cool that you were also able to learn a little bit about human behavior at the same time! I have never been to Pintrest, but I am considering checking it out!

Five Bees in the Triangle said...

I don't comment on pins very often, either. I guess because I'm not really sure who I'm 'talking' to.
By the way, I'm catching up with my favorite blogs today and I love your new 'look'. Very refreshing and crisp!

Kathy B said...

I have green eyes. I'm very special. I'm going to post this 36 more times.

Oh, and I really like the new look of the blog!

Carol Baldwin said...

I never heard of PIntrest and now I won't go near it. But I'm attending a dental meeting and one of the things the speaker emphasized was just how much everyone wants to feel valued and important. And special. Just speaking someone's name helps in this department. I must have needed to hear this message since I've gotten it in two places now! Guess that makes me special!

Bethany from Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom said...

I am in the 2%! Just had to share :-). I have also disabled all of the emails telling me that someone has liked one of my pins. I mean, it's nice and all, but too annoying.

Melissa said...

I have green eyes and so did my Dad. That is so special because I am adopted. I think God planned that for us!

I love your blog. ;)


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