The Koreans who televise themselves eating dinner

Lee Chang-hyun

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How do you fancy eating your dinner at home in front of a webcam and letting thousands of people watch? If they like the way you eat, they will pay you money – maybe a few hundred dollars a night… a good salary for doing what you would do anyway. This is happening now in South Korea.

It’s often said that if you want to see the future look at how technology is emerging in perhaps the most connected country on the planet. The food phenomenon is called mukbang – a combination of the Korean word for eating (muk-ja) and broadcasting (bang-song).

…Some 10,000 people watch him eating per day, he says. They send a constant stream of messages to his computer and he responds verbally (by talking) and orally (by eating, very visibly and noisily).

If the audience like the performance, they allocate him what are called “star balloons” and each of these means a payment to him and to the internet television channel on which he performs.

NY Restaurant Figures Out Surprising Reason for Customer Complaints

NY Restaurant Figures Out Surprising Reason for Customer Complaints

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The owners of the unnamed restaurant had noticed that online reviews (UGH) had pegged them for slow service/wait times. They, too, had noticed that customers appeared to be sitting longer than they used to, despite the expansion of the staff and the slimming down of the menu. Fortunately, they had surveillance tapes from 2004 and from 2014, so they could compare and contrast what had been and what was going on. The answers were mind-boggling, to say the least. [hint – they’re taking photos with the mobile phones]

Teenage Girls Are Using Instagram To Fix Their Relationships With Food

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I’m fascinated with the thriving Instagram collective of young women who share photos of painstakingly constructed bowls of kaleidoscope-like “superfoods.” In interviews, many said they were recovering from eating disorders and depression. Instead of seeking solidarity through communal restriction, they channel compulsive tendencies into a meticulous but euphoric attention to detail that leads to self-love instead of self-hate.