Few things on Facebook bother me. Despite the fact that the social media website has been responsible for many wasted hours of potential productivity (well I suppose I’m the one responsible), Facebook is still an incredible resource. But there’s plenty of junk that doesn’t belong on the internet. The notifications that my friends were listening to songs on Spotify used to annoy me, but I don’t see them much on my News Feed anymore.
I do however; see something almost every day on Facebook that bothers me like no other. I cannot for the life of me understand why people feel the need to post pictures of food on Facebook. It is singlehandedly the most obnoxious thing found on the whole website. Unlike Farmville invites, you can’t turn these off. You’re stuck looking at a sandwich that someone made and decided the whole world had to know about it.
I could understand a few pictures if someone made a meal that required some element of skill to make. But I’ve seen way too many pictures of food that even I know how to prepare and my cooking skills are horrendous. I’ve even seen pictures of food that people bought at a restaurant. What is special about that at all?
Restaurants use advertising to make people hungry. I don’t know the motives behind people who post pictures of food of Facebook, but it accomplishes the same goal. There’s nothing quite like taking a study break that had to go an extra twenty minutes because I saw a picture of pizza on Facebook and then needed a snack. Not cool people, not cool.
I suppose they could be trying to make the rest of the world jealous because they’re eating something good. We don’t live in a third world country; good food isn’t hard to come by. No one is jealous that you eat three meals a day.
I’d like to address the potential counterargument that food picture posters might have regarding other content that people post of Facebook. Links to articles and videos are interactive and provide people with something besides the post. Food pictures do absolutely nothing for anyone besides the person that posted it. There’s nothing more anyone can do with that picture other than wonder when their next meal will come.
The next time you think to post a picture of food on Facebook, think about the general public. Is what you ate really that special? Will anyone’s life be improved after seeing your picture? Is it worth hurting people you care about by making them hungry? If the answer to any of those questions is no, then maybe you post a YouTube video or something else instead.