Dinner porn is a South Korean Internet trend which is going viral right now


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So, here’s something a little different. Apparently, eating a metric fuckton of food whilst streaming it online has become some sort of weird fetish in South Korea. This isn’t satire.

The trend has been named “mok-bang“, which is a combination of the Korean words “meoggi” and “bangsong”, respectively “eating” and “broadcast”. It’s a very fitting name, albeit for something that should probably never have existed in the first place.

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Basically, the trend involves people – typically young and cute – going on camera and eating massive amounts of food. That’s it, literally. There’s nothing even remotely sexual about it. It’s very strange.

Twitch has also recently added a Social Eating directory, inspired by this Korean trend. Just don’t eat too much and vomit live on stream, like this guy did.

One possible theory for why such a strange practice came to be is that Koreans liked to praise actors for eating in a nice way for some time in February 2013, specifically Jung Woo Ha. Maybe people caught on and decided they could make money from doing the same? And people do make a tonne of money from it.

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source: www.acfun.tv

This is done through streaming on the Korean Afreeka TV website, where users watching you can donate “Star Balloons”. These are a virtual currency, with value ranging from $1 to $50. Some streamers, therefore, can make literally thousands of dollars per stream. Maybe we should all start broadcasting ourselves whilst eating, too? The “Fraghero Mok-Bang team”. No? No.

One streamer, The Diva”, has been known to eat so much food that I personally question how she doesn’t suffocate, explode, or something. She started mok-bang because she felt bored and wanted a new hobby (thanks, The Kyunghyang Shinmun). That’s some new hobby, that is.

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She also makes thousands of dollars a month from doing the streams. Say what you want – props to her for making a living from all this. And let’s face it, if we could do the same, we probably would.