So I decided to broadcast a live show of me cooking lunch in my hall room.
Lunch menu: Onion, tomato & pepper stir-fried chicken, kailan, hard-boiled egg and bread.
Initially I found it hard to hold the phone and cook at the same time, so after painstakingly taking a couple of screenshots, I took a few minutes to find a place where I could mount my phone and show me cooking. It felt weird, knowing that people were just watching you cook. It felt weird because it felt like an intrusion, but at the same time they had been invited to watch, so it isn’t actually an intrusion.
However, after a while I began to feel responsible for putting on a good show for them; after all, they were my audience and they were giving me their own personal time.
The feeling this time was very different; I felt curious, intrigued at what people were broadcasting. It seems to me that either the sharing culture is very different overseas or that people are simply much more outspoken online than in real life. I noticed that people will comment on a wide variety of things. For example, one post was titled “Making breakfast”, and people were asking whats for breakfast, or commenting on the different foodstuffs that the broadcaster was showing. I felt like rather voyeuristic, somewhat like a peeping tom. However, I think that it’s great that people are able to feel comfortable talking to complete strangers and perhaps after using these social apps long enough, I too will feel comfortable in other stranger’s shared spaces.