Have you ever walked into a restaurant and seen a person sitting there and eating by themselves? They could just be stopping in for a quick bite, or they might even be rejoicing in their few moments of peace and solitude that they might not get at any other time of the day. Either way, it's hard not to wonder and feel sad on behalf of anyone sitting by themselves, especially at a restaurant. Well, what if there were a way to curb that loneliness, where eating in the company of another person could be enjoyed virtually? A new fad in South Korea could make this possible. It’s called muk-bang in Korean, which is gastronomic voyeurism, also known as watching people eat online. Viewers can watch a live-stream of someone eating a feast from the comfort of their home or office. One woman, Park Seo-Yeon, is paid upward of $9K per month (all voluntary donation) to eat in front of an audience for approximately four to six hours nightly.
"A lot of my viewers are on diets and they say they live vicariously through me, or they are hospital patients who only have access to hospital food so they also watch my broadcasts to see me eat," Yeon said.
In essence, she believes that she is providing a necessary service. "One of the best comments I ever received from a viewer who said that she had gotten over her anorexia by watching me eat," Yeon said. This satisfaction was the driving force behind her quitting her job and taking on eating on camera as a full-time career.
To see more, take a look at the video of Park Seo-Yeon eating below: