Technology creates new opportunities and activities (that then lead to new problems which need new technologies… se how it’s all a spiraling process?), this was one of the things I learned in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) course I just took at Uni.
Take instagram for instance, the other day I was out for dinner and as our food arrived, my sister, my brother’s girlfriend and I all whipped out our phones to “instagram our dinner”. Before instagram, there were of course digital cameras, but instagram has made it so much easier to sneek a photo of… well, whatever you want. And snapping photos of food is a frequent activity among the millions of instagram users across the world. You might have heard of the term food porn, instagram just made creating and sharing food porn easier.
It might seem a weird subject to photograph (my brother cringed as we all snapped away at our plates), but food and eating has always been a social thing and I think things like Facebook and instagram have simply made it possible for us to be social around food in a different way. We share our “foodie” photos and get likes and replies, people like looking at the photos out of pure curiosity, but also for inspiration and ideas. It’s like a micro cook book.
What I ate? Pecan and chili crusted catfish (with a side of grilled sweet potato and salad, not instagrammed).