Why do people watch others eat food? An Empirical Study on the Motivations and Practices of Mukbang Viewers

  title={Why do people watch others eat food? An Empirical Study on the Motivations and Practices of Mukbang Viewers},
  author={Laurensia Anjani and Terrance Tin Hoi Mok and Anthony Tang and Lora Oehlberg and Wooi-Boon Goh},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
We present a mixed-methods study of viewers on their practices and motivations around watching mukbang — video streams of people eating large quantities of food. Viewers' experiences provide insight on future technologies for multisensorial video streams and technology-supported commensality (eating with others). We surveyed 104 viewers and interviewed 15 of them about their attitudes and reflections on their mukbang viewing habits, their physiological aspects of watching someone eat, and their… Expand
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