The internet allows a lot of seemingly innocent fetishes to let their freak flag fly high and proud. Remember the Unboxing craze? Yeah, that is still a thing that people do — although it is more of a parody or for advertising these days. The new kid on the block when it comes to watching millennials do things in front of their computers is called Social Eating. Social Eating, brought to you by Twitch.TV…When watching people play video games just isn’t enough. Social Eating piggy-backed off of the website’s already popular platform for watching people prepare meals. So it is a natural progression that the fair internet viewer would also like to watch them consume said meals. Ipso facto and social eating was born. For the low, low price of free, you can watch a plethora of millennials from across the great blue marble we call home chowing down, tucking in, and noshing on everything from gooey slices of Domino’s pizza to a scrumptious bowl of Bulgogi.
Watching people stuff their gobs isn’t necessarily something new. Diva, a South Korean blogger, makes about $9,000 a month letting people watch her eat, #lifegoals. Then, of course, there is the infamous corporate subversion of America’s great artist (and hair enthusiast) Andy Warhol. Andy wowed the art crowd with his short film about eating a Burger King hamburger with extra ketchup. Can we blame all of this on Andy Warhol? Let’s blame all of this on Andy Warhol.
Twitch.tv had to release a few by laws and rules in their FAQs section as some eaters were taking things a bit too far — like eating feces and cat vomit. One such rule contends that eaters must refrain from “eating items or food not meant for human consumption, such as pet food, toxic substances, bodily fluids, refuse, or inedible objects.” Thank you, Twitch.tv, for clearing that up.
And, now, Andy Warhol!