A South Korean woman makes over $9,000 USD a month just by eating a 4 course meal in front of her webcam.
Park Seo-Yeon, 33, who quit her day job, begins eating her hours long meal at 8 p.m. every night as thousands of fans tune in online. Park, whose online handle is “the Diva,” devours her meal slowly while entertaining her fans with good-humored banter between bites.
Park said she makes about $9,300 each month from generous fans who donate to keep her channel running.
Park said her fans give various reasons for wanting to watch her eat.
“A lot of my viewers are on diets and they say they live vicariously through me, or they are hospital patients who only have access to hospital food so they also watch my broadcasts to see me eat,” she said.
Park said about 60 percent of her viewers are female.
“One of the best comments I ever received from a viewer who said that she had gotten over her anorexia by watching me eat,” Park said. “That really meant a lot to me.”
Officials with Afreeca TV, which hosts Park’s evening meal video stream, said her channel is one of many “eating rooms” available on the site.
“We think it’s because of three big reasons — the rise of one-person households in Korea, their ensuing loneliness and finally the huge trend of ‘well-being culture’ and excessive dieting in Korean society right now,” Afreeca TV spokeswoman Serim An said.