Taking pics before eating

Philippines
September 26, 2012 1:56am CST
I just noticed especially in my facebook friends that whenever they eat in a reataurant or fastfood, most of them take pics of their food before eating and posting it afterwards in social media they had. I am guilty with this one since I am blogging, I used to post some of them in my blog. Even the food that I used to cook was posted in my blog too. What about you other mylotters, what are your ideas about this "ritual" of taking pics? Do you do this act too?
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@joliefille (3690)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
I dunno about the others why they say it's about showing off. I don't feel that way about others as when I do take photos of food, it's because I was so awed by the presentation that I would like everyone to appreciate the art put into it by whoever had served and cooked it.
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• Philippines
28 Sep 12
Sometimes, people just took a photo for just showing to their friends. Some took them for their sites and made a review on certain food. Soem just use the picture and made this as show offs.
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
No I don't. People like these are just show-offs. They want to show the world what they're going to eat and like who cares by the way. Some people are just bored before eating that they decide to take a pic. :)
@SIMPLYD (90727)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
I also don't, ferianneful . And just like you i also find such people as show-offs. There are a lot of nice quotes and experiences to share, why would it be the foods that they are about to take? I skip them whenever i see a friend post what they will be having for dinner.
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
I agree with you some are just show off especially when they dine in an expensive reataurant. However, some are considered food bloggers so they have to take pic and have taste and place them in their blog reviews. I think that is also true that while waiting for ome of their orders, they will just take pic on what they are going to eat.
@Raine38 (12258)
• United States
26 Sep 12
Same here! I think posting your food just to announce to everyone that you're eating this in so and so is way too tacky. Not to mention the uncalled check-ins to posh restaurants. But if it is a picture of the food that they are cooking or an experimental recipe, I think that is fine at least it can help us to have a new idea about cooking and new dishes. Once or twice is okay and very much ignorable. But if the posting of food is done on a daily basis, each time they eat (so 3 times a day, 4 if they still do this with their snacks), well that's clearly showing off. That or as usual, attention-seeker.
@stanley777 (9402)
• Philippines
27 Sep 12
I don't do this kind of thing but I guess to others it's their way of showing to their friends, where they have been to and what they have eaten. Some friends of mine do the same thing because they blog about foods and they love sharing it to the world. They even put some reviews about the food and or how it's prepared.
@Asylum (47918)
• Manchester, England
21 Nov 12
Hello stanley777, I can appreciate the reason behind taking pictures of a meal in order to post them as part of a write up accompanying a review. That would be a reasonable and logical thing to do, but the idea of taking pictures to post to your friends on a social networking site seems rather bizarre to me.
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
I think food bloggers are laright to post foods in their site. You are right some people just want to show it to their friends especially when there are special ocassions. Food is part of the celebration.
• Philippines
23 Nov 12
Yeah, your right about that. People who do posts those pictures should at least put some reviews about the meal if they are recommending it or endorsing the food. About taking pictures with the intention of posting it in a social networking site to show to their friends could have two purposes. Either they want their friends to try the meal or they are just showing what they have eaten.
@ryanong (9665)
• Vietnam
27 Sep 12
I used to do like that and then i posted pictures on my blog. Since my blog is closed, i hadn't took pictures before eating anymore. I think it is nice, since we can save a nice meal picture and introduce it to the others.
@Asylum (47918)
• Manchester, England
21 Nov 12
To take pictures in order to post them in a blog makes perfect sense, and as the old saying goes A picture is worth a thousand words. Otherwise I cannot see any purpose served by this at all. If I took pictures every time I ate out then I would probably need another hard drive to store them on, and I would never have reason to look at them afterwards in any case. I only take pictures while on holiday if I consider that the scene is worth preserving, otherwise I would not bother to make the effort.
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
Yes, I think the main purpose of blogging food is to share it with others especially food bloggers. They will have their own review on the ffod and share it so others can have a perception on it.
@ryanong (9665)
• Vietnam
2 Oct 12
yeah, you are right. Sometime when i open my pictures of food, i can remember back when/where i ate it..
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
3 Oct 12
Are we Facebook friends? I am guilty of this especially when I bake or cook something new, I will take a picture and post it to get feedback.
• Philippines
3 Oct 12
I think it is noremal for us to take photos of the one that we did and publish it on facebook. I am also guilty in doing this but posting every food you take especially in restaurant is somewhat annoying to me but if you consider your self as food blogger or "food reviewer" that will be alright.
• Philippines
7 Oct 12
Same here, when I got a new ecipe, I just take a couple of shots and post it not on my facebook but on my blog and share the recipe to others.
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
3 Oct 12
I agree, every meal would get boring. I usually do it for special things such as a new recipe or if a friend asked. Some just want the attention from it, and some peole will post things such as I'm hungry now, etc.
@BabyCheetah (1911)
• Australia
26 Sep 12
I don't mean this to sound wrong but when I go to a restaurant I mainly see asians do this and I got some asian friends who post their food to FB as well. I wonder about it though, the only time I take photo of food is when I've made it myself and something I'm proud of but I still don't post it for the world to see. I don't see the fascination with it
@Asylum (47918)
• Manchester, England
21 Nov 12
I have the same opinion BabyCheatah and fail to comprehend why anyone would wish to do this. A special meal or celebration could warrant that type of thing, but surely not the average meal that someone has purchase on a night out. This makes me wonder how the friends of these people on Facebook react to it. Would they genuinely have any interest in such pictures or do they fell as confused about it as I do?
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
Asylum, same here. I wonder how their friends react on the photos. Do they envy those who posted foods on their facebook and got interest in trying the food their friends eat? For a special occassion where you cook most of the food is generally recommended for souvenirs. hehehe
• Philippines
27 Sep 12
Sometimes, I just posted it on my blog. When dining in a restaurant, I just took a photo of the foods because of special ocassions like birthdays and aniversaries. However, I don't made emphasize on the food, I just netioned what we ate and just share it in facebook.
@Asylum (47918)
• Manchester, England
21 Nov 12
I have no desire to criticise because we all have our own ways of behaving, but this does seem a rather strange habit. I could understand if we were talking about a reception buffet or a special meal presented well for a specific celebration, but the idea of taking pictures of a standard meal in a restaurant seems very odd to me.
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
You are right, there is an excuse for this one. Like for special ocassions or if you are the one that creates the meal for the first time is good to take photos of them however, if you are doing this daily, that was really strange.
@youless (112000)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Sep 12
Haha, it seems it is also a trend here. Since the Weibo is very popular (it is a website similar with Twitter), so everybody likes to update their news on Weibo anytime. And some people like to update what they eat in the restaurant. Sometimes I feel it is shallow I often update my DIY cooking instead
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
Yes, this is really a trend in the web now, uploading the foods they eat. Like yours, most food I upload is the one I made. we seldon go to restaurant. I just imitate the one they are serving and that is the one I posted in my blog.
@SinfulRose (3527)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Sep 12
Whoops! Guilty as charged. I did my first time yesterday. I first took pictures of our meal before we actually ate them. I just forgot about it though and I still haven't posted the pictures yet online. My idea of taking the pics before eating? Well, we usually do it before especially when there's a celebration to send to my father who is working abroad. You can say it's our way of saying to him "this is our food during ____'s birthday" or something like that. I don't think it's bad at all. Is it?
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
In every celebration, food is always a part of it. There's nothing wrong if you took pics of it and post it since that is really part of the celebration. Like what you said, your father is working in other country.
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@gaiza12 (4884)
• Philippines
27 Sep 12
Guilty here (one hand raised :D) Lol! I love taking pictures of food, I even love looking at it from my friends pictures. I sometimes feel hesitant when I do it because others are looking and I am a bit shy, but who cares, they don't know me anyway and I love doing it so.. I only forget to take a picture of it when I am already too hungry to notice how nice it would have been if I had taken a picture of it.
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
Mine too seems to be shy in taking pictures of the food in public places. One time we hade dinner at a pizza house since it was valentines day, I was really hesitant to take photos but I just simply took photos unnoticed using my cell phone.
@magicchou (163)
• China
26 Sep 12
Yes, I noticed this phenomenon recently, people like to post their photo of their food in their facebook page or their personal blog. I seldom take such photos, none sense. If you have to take some, then it must be the moment you would like to remember for the rest of your life. Some people just get addicted to the social media. They are fond of posting photos of their daily life.
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
Y9ou are right, it is nice to take pictures and make it as journal but taking a daily basis is not that advisable.
• Philippines
27 Sep 12
You are right, even here in mylot, there are others that keep on posting their daily life, what they eat, what they are doing right now, etc. I think you got a good point in taking pictures that is should be remembered for the rest of their life. In my case, since my blog has my kitchen adventures and I really love cooking, some new recipes I tried where posted there as well as how I did it. I think, it is just a sharing for others out there. We cannot blame others since they are just expressing their selves. However,sometimes, it really annoys me seeing everytime they dine out, they kee on taking pics on the food.
• China
8 Oct 12
Lol, yes indeed, sometimes I think they they care more about the pictures they take but not the food they eat. Yeah, keeping journals of your kitchen adventures is highly recommend. You will see if you get any improvement later. And I am keeping journals of my comic pictures. But I am not keep the journal on the daily basis. Anyway, have fun with your kitchen adventures.
21 Nov 12
i do this alot not just with food but with anything.. like if i get something new this is because i just like my facebook to be active like i do not like not posting something for a few day.. i do not know why its just a habbit of minee lol
• Philippines
22 Nov 12
i think if you are posting some photos because this is relly new to you, it will be enough but posting every single movement everyday in your profile is really annoying for me. Liek what I read, they got a new dress and wear it, suddenly they will post too mouch photos wherein every single move, they took photos of them which is some really annoying.
@hereandthere (45671)
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
i don't think people are automatically bragging or seeking attention when they do that. i think it depends on why you do it and how frequently you do it. i still believe others just want to share because it's their first time to go there or cook that dish. in the process it will give ideas to those who are interested or feedback from those who already ate there or cooked that dish. it's also a way of seeking support against loneliness and sharing a laugh over your misadventures, like if you're living and working alone in a new place so you try to eat at different places to learn what you like and what your stomach and wallet can take. or you're learning to cook but the ingredients aren't the same as here so you learn to substitute. or you're figuring out how to use a kitchen utensil or appliance for the first time and amazed or disappointed at the results. so to me, some of them can be informative and entertaining, at the same time we're also connecting with them through our comments.
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
You got a godd points. Like mine, I do usually post those that I made for the first time as well as theie experience from the restaurant. However, if I did it again, I did not upload them. Most often, I do uploading in my site and not on the social networking sites. Like what you said, sometimes, taking pics and sharing them is one way to reduce boredom especially when you are alone.
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
I'd like to think that when people take pix of what they're about to eat, they'd actually want to remember what they have eaten, especially so if the occasion was something special. I, for one, take pix of something that I eat too, though not on a regular basis. I take pix of the food that I eat when it's something memorable.. Like a first date, or a first birthday, or maybe my first time to eat something of that kind. There are things I would love to be reminded of, and personally, that's not bragging about what I have eaten. It's more of a recollection of the special memories behind the meal/dessert/beverage. :)
• Philippines
7 Oct 12
I think occassion is an exception. Food are always part of the celebration. Just like you said, when the food is part of a something special, there's nothing wrong with taking pics of it.
@mermaidivy (15395)
• United States
26 Sep 12
I used to do that too with my sister but since I have known my husband, I stop doing this because he doesn't do that and he is not a big fan of photographing anyway. My friends do that a lot too and I see it on Facebook a lot also/
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
I can see most of this food photos in faceboook. My wife understands why I took photos of the food since I just used this for my site. Furthermore, my wife knows that I really love cooking so she let me took photos of the food i cooked.
• India
26 Sep 12
I just love to have food from restaurants with my friends. At those time I have a good wonderful time with lots of fun and joy. I am my friends rally enjoy spending some good time over there. I just used to take pics but I do not or my friends do not used to upload them. They are just uploaded inside our heart as good memories
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
Whe we have gatherings with my friends, food is not the man subject of the photos taken but us. Sometimes, I do hesitant to take picturesof foods with my friends in restaurants.
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
Well nowadays, its just a normal thing. And I've encountered many people doing that including myself. And I guess we could blame modern technology for that. :)
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
Right, this is one of the trends in internet. I also include my self in those persons.
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
I only take pictures of food if it's something I cooked on a special day or if it's something that we'll be trying out for the first time. I also have a blog and I use those pictures for the articles that I write. I just don't understand why some would take pictures of their breakfast, snack, coffee, lunch, snack and dinner, everyday!
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
Like yours, I do the same and posted it on my blog. You are right, there are many people that will take their foods daily and post it in their facebook or any other social media like a diary of their food. I posted those food in my blog to facebook as promotion to increase traffic.
@eklind (96)
• United States
27 Sep 12
I've never posted pictures of food before, but I wouldn't have a problem with it. I think people can do what they want. However, if the food looks gross I will hide their statuses and updates.
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
What a nice move there.
• United States
26 Sep 12
No, this is not something that I do. I think this ritual is part of two things: 1) People taking pictures of EVERYTHING, no matter how insignificant, and posting it through social media; and 2) people wanting others to be jealous of the awesome meals they have. I'm not much of a picture-taking person, especially when I could be eating food during that time!
• Philippines
28 Sep 12
I think you got a good points about this discussion. There are many people that will take those photos insignificantly and just post it to social media to make show-offs and made their friends envy about them.