The Web and Food

We've spent plenty of time discussing how the Internet is changing the way we read, the way we communicate, and the way we fall in love. But how is the Internet changing the way we eat?

"A study of Internet use and eating habits in Korean teenagers showed that the people who used the Web most tended to eat smaller meals," writes Sara Breselor. "Out of the entire study, which compared light, moderate and heavy levels of 'Internet addiction,' the heavy users were the only group in which reduced meal size was a more prevalent trend than unchanged or increased meal size—all of which raises an intriguing question. We've spent plenty of time discussing how the Internet is changing the way we read, the way we communicate, and the way we fall in love and break up, but how is the Internet changing the way we eat?"

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