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The end of foodstagramming?

Nowadays it’s impossible to go on your Facebook or Twitter without being bombarded with photos of people’s dinners. Diners take photos of their grub and post it to the social networking sites. Sometimes it’s to make others jealous and their mouths water and other times it’s to complain about the meal looking nothing like it’s supposed to.

Many restaurants are getting so sick of their food being photographed that they’re banning it completely and many others are contemplating it. Some have already imposed a ban and some have banned the use of flash so other diners aren’t disturbed.

It’s annoying for other diners in the restaurant when the ‘foodstagrammer’ insists on everyone waiting before tucking into their food as he first needs to photograph it. Making hungry people angry isn’t a good move!

Even if the ‘foodstagrammer’ is seated at another table, it’s still annoying as the other diners have to put up with a flash every 10 seconds while he tries to get his food’s ‘best side’.

One guest in the UK even asked if he could move seats as where he was seated was too dark for the pictures to come out properly.

Many chefs worry that if a person is dissatisfied with their food, they might influence others by posting the photo on their social networking site, which will put their followers or friends off trying out the restaurant even though most customers leave there feeling satisfied.

The opposite of this is also true – someone posting a photo of a mouth-watering burger might even convince people to try out the restaurant to see if it tastes as good as it looks.

There are those who discreetly take photos and you’d never know, but on the other hand there have been cases of some people even bringing little tripods and setting them up on the table, or even standing on their chairs to get a perfect bird’s-eye view.

Whether foodstagramming will be banned completely, no-one knows. There are lots of people on the fence. Many argue that they’ve bought the food therefore it belongs to them and they may take as many photos as they wish, but on the other hand the restaurant is private property so the owner should have the last say.

It’s second nature for many foodstagrammers to immediately get their cameras or phones out when their food is brought to them, so many might not even see the ‘no photographs allowed’ signs. What’s the furthest the restaurant will go though? Confiscating someone’s phone? That won’t go down well.

Some diners have even admitted that they would get up and leave a restaurant if they were ever told to put their phones away.

With the foodstagramming debate still going strong, it’s impossible to know what will happen to our food photos in the future – watch this space!

One way you could get around this is by ordering a takeaway from hungryhouse, the UK’s leading online takeaway platform. Your food will be delivered straight to your door and you can photograph it to your heart’s content.

This has been a guest post by Suzanne Southall, writer of many blogs including the hungryhouse blog. Order many delicious cuisines from hungryhouse such as Thai, Chinese and Italian.

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