Should We Stop Photographing Our Food?
I’m currently reading Ariana Huffington’s new book, Thrive, and in it she talks about a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of a Fortune 500 company who hoped that some day we all leave our phones off the table when we’re eating a meal (disclaimer: I say that I do that 85% of the time) and better yet, we all stop photographing our food.
Food is so compelling to take photos of: it varies from geographic and cultural regions and types of lifestyle. People travel to Italy to eat pasta, to Paris to eat macaroons and to Hong Kong for dim sum. We connect with people over a meal or shared dish. I don’t know about you, but over a meal, I’m probably talking about another meal (especially if I’m with my dad).
It’s such a pet peeve to see people from my home state who cook pasta and throw jarred alfredo sauce over it and call it homemade and healthy all over their Facebook and Instagram accounts. I know we all don’t enjoy cooking and eating healthy, but at what point did we begin to need validation for our food choices? (And believe me, I know I need to be less judgy when it comes to food. Blame it on me constantly acting like a know-it-all. At least I do it privately, right?)
Do I hope people stop taking photographs of their food? The answer is, I hope people leave their phones off the table and if they want to take a photo, snap a pic and Instagram it later. Who really wants to eat cold food?
This post was inspired by Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. As a member of From Left to Write I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
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