South Korea's growing appetite for online eating shows

Park Seo-yeon is among the popular webcasters that eat in front of huge online audiences.

Park Seo-yeon is among the popular webcasters that eat in front of huge online audiences.

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In South Korea, online eating shows -- in which you watch (and hear) someone prepare and then consume a meal -- have taken off as families dine together less. Jian speaks to Wall Street Journal reporter Jeyup S. Kwaak for insight into the phenomenon.

"Tens of thousands of South Koreans tune in to watch the hosts eat," Kwaak explains. "Some of them do cook before, but most of them just eat quite a large amount of food and look good doing it, I suppose." 

"At this point, a quarter of South Koreans live in a single household, so at night when they want to eat, it's better to have somebody than nobody," he continues. 

"It's a very interesting test case for the rest of the world to see how human relations can be formed online."

Park Seo-yeon is among the popular webcasters that eat in front of huge online audiences. Here's an example of a meal fans might witness.
 

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