Traditionally, people would pray before they eat but today no one should take a bite not unless the food are photographed and shared online. Funny isn’t it? But whether we deny it or not, it is true and it goes for people from all walks of life. Different kinds of social media popping around the Internet are the ones accountable for this kind of trend which makes ideas spark from businessmen, marketers and developers.
Indeed, the invasion of food photography over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other Social Media platforms makes a huge impact not just to individuals but to many businesses as well. It is then analyzed by medical professionals that there are in fact psychological motivations behind sharing food photos over the Internet.
Reasons why people love food photography:
1. Heard of the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”? Instead of sending a message or calling your friend about how good your homemade salad was, taking a picture of it would be enough to make him/her drool over it. Even without actually tasting it, seeing its delectable look is enough to show how it would taste when you bite into it.
2. Sharing food photos of what you had during your breakfast, lunch or dinner could be just a normal thing to do nowadays but if you would dig deeper, it is clearly a manifestation of you showing how good or bad you are when it comes to your eating habits. Post a vegetarian meal and your friends would normally give you thumbs up and positive comments but if you would post a juicy, fatty burger steak-expect side comments and negative criticism of how unhealthy that food is for your body.
3. Giving food advice for other people is also a reason why you share photos of food you ate at a newly open restaurant or picture of steak you cooked for dinner. Word of the mouth is effective but nothing is more effective than to see the real deal. There could be people asking for the recipe of your steak of the address of the restaurant you dined in. Before you knew it, you are answering their queries as if you are an expert.
4. The chance to brag and show others that you have an artistic side somewhere inside of you by taking pictures of the food you eat. In addition to that, there are platforms like Instagram that allows you give your photos a twist to make it look, well, artistic.
Apart from the said psychological reasons, sharing food photos had been eyed by brands and other businesses as a perfect media to promote and market their products with millions of people using the worldwide web and making Social Media as part of their everyday lives. So, be ready to see more and more Food Photography on your social networking.
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