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What is Mukbang?

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Mukbang is pretty much a trend in many social media sites. This has been ringing a bell in many platforms. What is Mukbang? It is derived from tow Korean words that would mean eating and broadcasting. The host would devour and literally eat large quantities of food in front of a camera while interacting with their viewers and it is done via a web cast. For some people this might be weird but the purpose of this is to entertain and make viewers happy because it would satisfy their food craving. This is very helpful for people on a diet. In South Korea, people often do not like to eat by themselves in public places. For them eating is a social activity just like in some countries like France. So they do not go out in restaurants alone, they usually go in a group. So it explains that if they would stay at home and eat by themselves they would want to broadcast this to replicate social eating. Apparently, in South Korea you can actually send money to support your favorite people who does Mukbang. People who does this can even get sponsorship from restaurants, food and drink brands and fast food chains. They make big money by just performing Mukbang.

Mukbang can be a bit hypnotizing and at the same time relaxing especially for people who are in a diet. It does not necessarily mean that after watching, you would want to get food because you would be satisfied after watching the video. Another thing about Mukbang is its show component. When you’re watching a tiny woman devouring huge calories in one sitting, that would actually be impressive because people cannot usually do that. The different noises like chewing, slurping and swallowing also attracts the viewers. By merely looking someone eating and chewing foods can be satisfying. The disadvantage for Mukbang is that it can trigger some eating disorders. Some may be addicted to watching people eat when you end up not eating yourself, then this becomes a problem.