We present a mixed-methods study of viewers on their practices and motivations around watching mukbang — video streams of people eating large quantities of food. Viewers' experiences provide insight on future technologies for multisensorial video streams and technology-supported commensality (eating with others). We surveyed 104 viewers and interviewed 15 of them about their attitudes and reflections on their mukbang viewing habits, their physiological aspects of watching someone eat, and their perceived social relationship with mukbangers. Based on our findings, we propose design implications for remote commensality, and for synchronized multisensorial video streaming content.
Laurensia Anjani, Terrance Mok, Anthony Tang, Lora Oehlberg, Wooi Boon Goh. Why do people watch others eat food? An Empirical Study on the Motivations and Practices of Mukbang Viewers. In Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20). ACM, New York, NY, USA Page: 1-13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376567