What Is an RV Mukbang?
Imagine making $10,000 a month or even $100,000+ a year to eat massive amounts of some of your favorite foods. Would you do it? What if you had to live-stream the entire buffet for others to watch? Would you still want to do it? If you love to eat and want a career change, keep reading!
What Is a Mukbang?
The term “mukbang” is a South Korean word that translates to “eating broadcast.” Mukbangers eat massive amounts of food on camera for others to watch and interact with them while eating alone. They’ll change locations and foods from video to video, but there’s always lots of food and conversation.
Simon Stawksi, a Canadian blogger, moved to South Korea in 2008 but began hearing about the trend in 2014. He told the Today Show, “Dining is a social activity, and you don’t sit and eat alone. For those that can’t eat with others, they’ll more than likely stay home to eat alone, but they’ll still have the urge to socialize while eating, which is what I think mukbangers replicate.”
How Did Mukbangs Get Started in the U.S.?
The trend started in South Korea in the late 2000s and has taken YouTube and other social media platforms by storm. At this point, many food and drink brands offer sponsorships or endorsements to help incentivize mukbangers to use their products in their videos.
With the popularity of these videos, word soon spread to America. While South Korea had been mukbanging for almost half a decade, the fad didn’t gain momentum in the United States until 2015.
Who Is Doing RV-Based Mukbangs?
Mukbangers find unique and exciting foods to eat, but also interesting places in which to eat them. Many times, changing the scenery allows their videos to reach a different group of people. For example, Chelcie Lynn amassed 1.24 million subscribers and has a video of her eating Chinese food in her RV.
However, not all of the YouTubers doing RV-based mukbangs have massive channels. Ocean2Plate LLC made a mukbang video of them eating seafood in their RV. Ralph and Brit The Sims Family have a video of them eating Chinese food in their RV.
What Do People Eat During a Mukbang?
While there’s no set food required for a mukbang video, some foods perform better than others. It seems many viewers enjoy the sensation of watching a mukbanger tear meat with their teeth. Contrasting colors help food stand out on the screen. Foods with seafood, chicken, rice, and noodles are all popular options among professional mukbangers.
Using crunchy foods also helps elicit a response from viewers. The brighter, crunchier, and more textured the foods, the better. Anything that can help enhance the senses of the viewer is preferred.
Why Do People Watch Mukbang Videos?
Trying to understand why people watch these videos isn’t all that complicated. If you’ve ever watched some of the popular ASRM (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos, you might understand. Watching and hearing someone eat food is an explosion in terms of your senses. You don’t even have to taste the food for your mind to respond.
Many of the popular mukbangers utilize special microphones to enhance the experience for the listener. It’s an immersive experience, and why eat thousands of empty calories when you can watch someone else do it?
There’s also a community around viewers and the mukbanger. Professional mukbangers involve the audience and help foster that sense of community. People are looking for a place to belong, even if it’s a digital community. With the recent increase in online communities, it’s not looking like this trend will disappear anytime soon. It may change and evolve, but it’s not going away.
The mukbang trend has taken social media by storm. While it likely spread so quickly because of the pure craziness of the idea, it’s now an integral element of some successful YouTube channels and their social media platforms. What food would you eat if you were making a mukbang video?
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