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    • I'm not a big user of Instagram, so I was blissfully unaware that it is now shaping restaurant menus and changing our eating habits!

      This is just mind-blowing. Has Instagram affected YOUR relationship with food?

    • My mouth is watering looking at that photo. I laughed at this quote:

      “The calories just aren’t worth it if it’s not going to make a good Instagram photo.”

    • I do think people tend to seek validation for their food "indiscretions" and also a pat on the back when they've eaten something more virtuous. I'm not on Instagram but I see it on Facebook a lot. It's alway sort of confused me that anyone would be interested in what anyone else ate for lunch, to be honest.

      My thought is that the compulsion to have your life and choices be "likable" is often rooted in a dislike of yourself, or at the very least an insecurity with your own choices. I can't think of too many aspects of our lives that are more personal or are sources of greater insecurity than our food choices (and by association our weight and health).

      When someone says they totally blew their diet on _____, they're hoping people will tell them it's ok because it was worth it. When someone says they just love all things that are both made of kale and photogenic, they're hoping people will say they're a good person.

      I do love photos like the one you posted above that make healthy food beautiful and attractive, but overall I find the inundation of food photos online sort of mess with my regular hunger cues (just like all the billboards, etc.).

    • Huh. I never thought of it as a popularity/insecurity thing, although Jim Gaffigan has a hilarious standup routine about not wanting to be spotted eating at MacDonald's.

      Don't you think there is an element of food as art and the presentation as theater that's pretty cool? A lot of love and effort goes behind some meals.

      As a photographer who's peeked behind the curtain at some commercial photo shoots, I have trouble not thinking of Elmer's glue for milk, colored mash potatoes for ice cream, and motor oil for syrup on pancakes. 😳

      I'll link this here but you may not want to watch because it's hard to look at food photos the same way ever again:

    • I never judge food based solely on visual aspect. In fact, in my experience allot of great foods aren't even photogenic, don't have such vivid colors, so trying to show off as "beautiful" a healthy delicious bowl of pudding, or soup may not yield Instagram gratifying results. Since I grew up entirely only with home cooked meals and never saw food advertised on TV until later in life, I still believe I was quite lucky that way. My appetite can't be influenced through the usual visual commercials. Maybe by something like this 🤤

    • Haha, I do remember being extremely, unnaturally upset about a piece of chocolate cake that turned out be dry and mediocre; I thought, hell, if I'm going to eat something sweet (I usually stay away from sweets and carbs), it has to be worth it, and now here I am, blowing my sweets calorie quota on this horrible slice of dry cake. I realized, rationally, how absurd it was to get so upset about it but the emotion was there nonetheless.

      The validation argument is interesting... and also terrifying, because that means masses of people in the West are deeply unhappy!

    • I wish that was the case, because that would be so cool! I think we'd all be so much happier, more creative and positive if there was more art everywhere. Including food. The beer always tastes better when the bartender does a shamrock on a pint of Guinness for example:

    • I too grew up with home-cooked meals, and going to a restaurant was a once-a-year special occasion, but I do appreciate it when food looks good. Like our traditional pink soup!:)

    • Yes, and that pink in the soup is natural and one day I might be lucky to try it! Nothing like good old home cooking with veggies from the back yard garden, farm produce, and everything else natural. But those times are gone; mostly everywhere everything comes now from a chemically aided crop, I think even the so called organics. It's the way of commercialism, make more (of everything), cheaper, faster.... now even more colorful? 🤖

    You've been invited!