Love it or loathe it, taking pictures of food to post on social networks is very much a thing. But what are the most popular types of #foodporn around the world?
That’s exactly what a trio of researchers from Qatar Computing Research Institute and Queen Mary University of London wondered. They wanted to find out whether or not the hashtag encouraged a positive or negative relationship with food, so they took to Instagram to analyze 10 million posts made by 1.7 million users from around the world.
With an impressive 42 percent of those posts being geotagged, they were able to compile lists of the most popular foodstuffs to feature in #foodporn Instagram posts. So without further ado, here are the top five for a selection of the countries included in the study:
The team found that people posting pictures with the #foodporn hashtag were most likely to upload images of unhealthy food. But, interestingly, they also found that other users tended to click “like” on images of healthier foods. That, the team reckons, “suggests that the community is already self-policing in promoting a healthier lifestyle.”
Great. Now pass my iPhone, because I’m eating some great #BBQ #bacon #sushi.
[arXiv via Technology Review]