Everyday digital engagements: using food selfies on Facebook to explore eating practices

Middha, B 2018, 'Everyday digital engagements: using food selfies on Facebook to explore eating practices', Communication Research and Practice, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 291-306.


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Title Everyday digital engagements: using food selfies on Facebook to explore eating practices
Author(s) Middha, B
Year 2018
Journal name Communication Research and Practice
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 291
End page 306
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article uses 'food selfies' posted on social media as a means of exploring the changing spatio-temporal characteristics of eating practices. It is inspired by a research that views the digital practice of posting food selfies on social media as a complex socio-cultural phenomenon. In this research, images of food and eating or 'food selfies', posted on Facebook were used to follow the eating practices of university students on and off campus. This article argues that such digital methods not only offer an innovative means of capturing social practices in motion, but they also reveal hidden or ignored aspects of practices that may not be evident from conventional methods. In particular, I argue that the affordances of social media platforms such as Facebook enable privileged access to people's everyday social practices. The article proposes that such digital practices provide an on-going method of research that may offer institutions access to real time and archival data that is neither spatially nor temporally constrained.
Subject Consumption and Everyday Life
Keyword(s) Digital ethnography
food selfies
social practices
social media
Facebook
DOI - identifier 10.1080/22041451.2018.1476796
Copyright notice © 2018 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
ISSN 2204-1451
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