This lady earns more than $9,000 a month by eating food in front of a webcam
This lady earns more than $9,000 a month by eating food in front of a webcam

Forget that career goal of becoming a software developer. Ignore that article suggested market research analysis as a good employment option. This is going to tell you about the job that people were destined to do: get paid to eat a bunch of food while other people watch on the internet.

Reuters is reporting on “gastronomic voyeurism,” a trend growing in popularity in South Korea.

Park Seo-yeon, 34, used to work for a consulting firm but has left that job. Why? She’s earning more than $9000 a month to eat on camera.

Park Seo-yeon, 34, displays a spoonful of food for the camera during her eating show in her apartment in Incheon, west of Seoul. Photo: Reuters.

Going by the name, “The Diva,” she sits down to a table of food and eats for up to three hours. Her viewers chat with her and send her “virtual balloons,” which Reuters says, “translate into cash.”

So, what’s the deal? The Diva thinks it’s about enjoying something through someone else, “People enjoy the vicarious pleasure with my online show when they can't eat that much, or don't want to eat food at night, or are on a diet."

Known as The Diva, Park broadcasts for up to three hours every day from her apartment, where she eats alone as thousands of viewers watch and chat with her in real time. Photo: Reuters.

One of The Diva’s fans, 26-year-old Park Sun-Young says it’s about approximating the feeling of having company, “It feels as if I am eating that much food with her. I think that's what the show is about. And probably, it's comforting for people who eat alone.”

Apparently, eating alone is something that is happening more and more in South Korea.

Reuters points out that within 15 years, a third of the nation’s population could be comprised of one-person households, the fastest rate amongst developed countries.

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