If you are or ever were a Food Network viewer you’ve surely noticed how the channel has steadily moved away from shows that teach cooking to shows that simply show cooking. That’s deliberate and based on their discovery that viewers don’t want to learn to cook as much as they want to watch people cook. The latter seems to fill a deep-seated human need in a day and age where there’s less and less cooking. And while I miss those old Food Network shows I can’t fault them for catering to their audiences. If cooking voyeurism is what brings in the viewers and viewership is what keeps the lights on, then who am I to complain about it?
Now it seems the South Koreans have taken the basic idea a step further with eating voyeurism. That is, live streaming internet TV shows where people simply watch other people eat. As strange as that sounds it also makes a certain kind of sense. People are not only cooking less, they’re eating together less, so not only do we not get to see food being prepared as much as we used to, we don’t get to see it being enjoyed as much either. That is apparently a deep-seated human need too, at least in South Korea. Very, very interesting. Thanks to Vocativ for the hat tip!