Park Seo-yeon is a South Korean lady making a killing off her country’s new craze, “gastronomic voyeurism.” Break down that phrase and you can figure out what the phenomenon is: basically, “watching people eat online.” South Korea, the country that invented Starcraft the sport and now pays to watch people eat.
Anyway, Park cooks huge Korean meals before sitting in front of her computer each night and eating. She keeps her clothes on the entire time! And for this, she pulls in the equivalent of $9,000 a month—a pretty good fucking haul that has allowed her to quit her job as a consultant.
Contrary to my initial thought, gastronomic voyeurism isn’t a fetish. It’s just kind of sad: Park says that people who
“can’t eat that much, or don’t want to eat food at night, or are on a diet” watch her eat, while others pay because they feel lonely eating by themselves. “It feels as if I am eating that much food with her. I think that’s what the show is about,”
said one guy. TIL: eating by yourself is apparently bad.