Pinterest brings in the season
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 22:10
Spring may be a time for new beginnings, but there is something about the autumn season and transition into winter that students may find equally inspirational. Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board, has evolved into a go-to resource for people, including students, to plan and share ideas.
The months of October, November and December are full of pinning novelty, as many users celebrate the changing of seasons and upcoming holidays.
“Everyone was freaking out about fall,” said Alyssa Brady, freshman business major. “It was just like pages and pages of pins as soon as October hit.”
Hannah Childs, freshman business major, said she thought it was interesting how social media platforms were able to stir reactions with just a recent change in the weather.
“It just reminded me how social networking is using just like a hashtag to make people think ‘Oh, I want to wear sweaters,’” Childs said. “It was just one cold day of the week, like I heard that everywhere.”
Bridgette Williams, junior economics major, said Pinterest allows people on Texas campuses, especially at A&M, to imagine an ideal fall and winter when they can’t experience distinguishable seasons in reality. She said the site can encourage students to dress for dropping temperatures even if the weather has yet to change.
“It let’s us be excited about the season even if we’re not really feeling that in real life,” Williams said.
Baillie McKenzie, senior nutritional sciences major, said she feels like she pins more around particular seasons. With Halloween right around the corner, McKenzie said Pinterest can spark creative ideas and inspire people to construct rather than purchase a costume.
McKenzie said last October she used an instructional pin to make her own parrot costume, complete with yellow leggings, a tutu, corset and handmade wings.
“It was really simple, it was under $40 and it was fun to make and turned out really good,” McKenzie said. “This year I am going to be a minion from ‘Despicable Me’ with my friends and we’ll get it off of [Pinterest.]”
People may be thinking of gift ideas for upcoming holidays, which Childs said could explain the increase in Pinterest activity throughout the fall and winter.
“I think people are wanting to make things, like pictures or different ways of wrapping [presents] or baking,” Childs said. “Most of it is like DIY projects that look professional. You’re just not spending as much money.”
Brady, Childs and friends have group boards where they pin recipes during the week to cook together on the weekends.
“It’s fun because you get to cook with everyone and everyone is chatting, and then you get to eat the food that you make,” Brady said.