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The curse of cameras

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Picture the scene: a group of eight young women have met up on Friday for a get-together. They're a chummy group and always try to include dinner with each other in their hectic, humble first-job schedules. It's going to be a great evening of catching up on each other's lives amid excellent atmosphere and good food. But as pressing as catching up is, something is more urgent: the screaming void in their stomachs. 

The food finally touches down on the table and while the first instinct in more primitive ages would be to dig in, that isn't the case today. Not before everyone has a chance to ceremoniously document their food first, no! Not even after all eight cameras/smartphones have clicked can anyone dig in yet, thanks to one friend yelling, "Wait! I want another shot because the lighting in this pic looks awful!" Wouldn't you want to strangle that ninny who just won't give it a rest? I know I would want to. Except I can't, because it's me.

The phenomenon's becoming quite normal now, especially in Asia. Counter-trends have even cropped up, with my favourite one being "Asians taking photos of Asians taking photos of food" thanks to its snide, sarcastic implications. I guess there's nothing wrong with showing the world what's going on in your day, but when it cultivates an unhealthy lifestyle where you become an over-uploading exhibitionist who thinks people really care about what you put in your mouth every 30 minutes, it can't be too good.

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