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How Social Media Inspires Us to Bake

3/21/2014 4:06:00 PM

Tags: Social Media, Baking, Chocolate Cake, Miles Young

Miles YoungSocial media is a great way to stay connected with friends, but that’s not the only thing you can do. You can also show off what you’re eating and see what others are eating, too. Take a look at why people share photos on social media and how it inspires us to bake.

Instagram Lets Us Show Off What We Bake

People like using Instagram because it's an instant way to show friends and the world what you’re up to. All you do is take a photo and then choose a filter to enhance it. Then, you can share the photo with all of your friends. This social media site was bought by Facebook, so the two are commonly used in conjunction with each other.

For instance, Instagram photos of food can be streamed through Facebook. People are constantly posting photos of what they're eating or baking to show off. And this encourages others to do the same.

Pinterest Helps Us Find Baking Ideas

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

People also like to share what they're baking on Pinterest. You could seriously spend an entire day looking through the baking pins on Pinterest and never get through them all. The difference between Pinterest and Instagram is that Pinterest is more about showing off recipes and DIY tips. It's a platform for bloggers and others to show what they can do. Karlynn Johnston says, “Bloggers/food writers are in the entertainment industry. Plain and simple.” They use Pinterest as a form of marketing. And people don’t complain because they want the baking ideas.

Facebook Helps Us See What Our Friends Are Baking

Just like Pinterest, Facebook is the perfect place to show off what you're baking and see what your friends are baking, too. The difference is that Facebook lets you post the recipe along with the photo without additional links. Pinterest prefers people to just share photos. Addie Broyles says, “… eating is one of society’s most essential communal activities, and sharing food photos virtually is the next best thing to eating together.” So, go have lunch with your friends through social media.

Twitter Lets Us Brag About What We're Baking

If you login to Twitter, you’ll probably see a few tweets about what people are eating. Tweets about food show a person’s personality and lifestyle. It's more than just bragging about what they're baking. For instance, you can sometimes tell if a person is a vegetarian, allergic to wheat, or on a gluten-free diet, simply from a tweet. 

Dr. Valerie Taylor from the University of Toronto says that posting photos of your meals on social media sites is a sign of an eating disorder. The reason for this is that most people like to post pictures of themselves with friends or having fun. Constantly posting photos of food leads to unhealthy eating habits. If you’re starting to show signs of symptoms of obesity or diabetes, it might be worth your time to check out Health Testing Centers guide.

Of course, a mild level of food photo posting is fine and even encouraged on social media sites. You just have to find a balance and watch what you eat.

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