If there was a list of the most annoying internet habits, foodies posting pictures online of the meal they’re about to eat would surely be near the top of the list.
And to those that like to snap a pic before they eat, we have one message for you: stop. It’s for your own good.
A recent study conducted at Brigham Young University found that “looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat.”
As study coauthor and BYU professor Ryan Elder explains, “In a way, you’re becoming tired of that taste without even eating the food. It’s sensory boredom – you’ve kind of moved on. You don’t want that taste experience anymore.”
And how did Elders come to this stunning conclusion? He and coauthor professor Jeff Larson had 232 people look and rate pictures of food. Half of the participants viewed sweet foods while the other half viewed salty foods. After seeing the photos, participants were asked to eat peanuts, a salty food.
The result? People who had viewed salty foods enjoyed the peanuts less than people who had viewed sweet food.
The lesson is clear. The next time you see someone about to take a picture of their food, grab their phone, slam it to the ground, and smash the thing to pieces.
Okay, as much as you’d like too, don’t destroy their phone. Just remind them that not only are they hurting other people with their food porn photos, their also hurting themselves. You can also tell them you hate them.
- Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio