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Indulge in food porn - Tweet what you eat, Instagram what you 'nyam', Facebook what you cook

Published:Thursday | June 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Laurie Chin
Gabrielle Curling
Chelan Smith
Liij Tafari
Randy McLaren
Lily Lewars
Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta - This A-list sandwich features a juicy chicken breast, garlic, roasted tomato aioli and Asiago cheese on a toasted ciabatta bun.
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Eating has always been a social activity, and so it is no surprise that with the boom of social media, a new trend has emerged where we tweet what we eat, Instagram what we 'nyam' or Facebook what we cook.

The misinterpreted label #Foodporn has been known to raise a few eyebrows over the course of its history, but in the age of social media, it has become clear that we aren't talking about sexual foods in the bedroom. Food Porn is the common term for the glamourised, tasteful and provocative food images that we see posted on social media every day, causing us to drool.

The term is intended to provoke the response, "This meal is better than sex", hence every Tom, Dick and Harry can now be seen posting 'foodie' pics via some medium or another. Although the term is nothing new, people are now using it more frequently in the correct context, and thanks to the take-off of social media, the #foodie and #foodporn trend has been consistently taking off in Jamaica.

The growing attention towards food photography runs parallel to the increased popularity of the photo app Instagram, and Jamaica is not to be left out. It is something that we all are guilty of, and last Thursday, Food dined with a few university students at Wendy's Barbican to understand this current trend.

Meals:

Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta - This A-list sandwich features a juicy chicken breast, garlic, roasted tomato aioli and Asiago cheese on a toasted ciabatta bun.

Fresh Salads:

  • Asian Cashew Chicken Salada - Asian Cashew Chicken Salad topped with fire - roasted edamame, spicy roasted cashews, warm grilled chicken and Marzetti simply dressed light spicy Asian chilli vinaigrette.
  • BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad - BBQ ranch chicken salad topped with fire-roasted corn, applewood smoked bacon, warm grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, and Marzetti simply dressed BBQ ranch dressing.

SHARING EXPERIENCE

QUESTION 1. Why do you share your dining experience on social media?

QUESTION 2. When others share their dining experience with you, does this make you crave or want to try what they are having?

  • Chelan Smith - @mamachel (Lifestyle Blogger and Social Media Manager)

1. I take pictures of food a) if I made it and want to show off my skills b) it tastes really good and I just wanna pay homage c) It looks pretty or fancy.

2. Yes, most definitely. When i see the posts I sometimes do feel for the food.

  • Randy McLaren - @randymclarenrm (Dub Poet and Social Entrepreneur)

1. It gives others an idea of where they can find healthy and tasty options.

2. I guess if it's something that looks good and if I am hungry then I may just speed up the process of finding something to eat. I don't have a problem with it really.

  • Liij Tafari - @lijitimate (Carimac Student)

1. I like posting pictures of me eating because I like to share my joy with the world.

2. Funny enough, I don't like when others post food. It makes me jealous, especially when I'm hungry.

  • Laurie Chin - @lauriechin (UWI graduate)

1. I'm a foodie so I love having memories of my meals especially if it's a favourite of mine just to share my day's events with my friends including maybe a meal.

2. Absolutely, I love when people post their food especially if it looks good and is something new that I could try. Most times I end up having a craving especially if I was already hungry.

  • Lily Lewars - @lilyLLL (UTech Engineering Student)

1. I take pictures of my food because my friends are foodies and we are always trying new types of food. If the food has a great presentation, that also makes me want to take a picture.

2. I love when others post pictures of food because I know about different restaurants and what dishes to look out for and I definitely get cravings when I see the pictures.

  • Gabrielle Curling - @itzg_adele (Wisynco Student Brand Manager - UWI)

1. It's a social media trend i hopped on because i consider myself a foodie.

2. Seeing other pics does make me crave foods and it encourages me to try out new places and new foods.