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Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?


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Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

nothingswrong | Jun 1, 2014 11:04 PM

I've wondered this for some time now.

I often see people saying things on social media like "Please don't blow up my news feed with pictures of your food." I've seen jokes made about it on dating sites. In newspaper and magazine articles.

I totally understand not wanting to be in a nice restaurant with flashes going off and ruining the ambiance.

But what's so off-putting or bizarre about wanting to memorialize memorable meals?

Tonight for my boyfriend's birthday, I took a photo of the spread before everyone dug in. It was a casual home cooked meal amongst friends. My boyfriend gets it, and he'll often take a photo of the dinners/desserts I serve him. But our friends took pause and looked at me with this almost startled expression, as in "Why are you doing that?"


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