It’s obvious that social media is a powerful tool far beyond the superficial selfie or two.
More than 500 million people signed up for Facebook, with 250 million of them accessing the site from mobile devices, as of 2013. Likewise, Twitter provides its users with a fast way to consume news as-it-happens, like during the Arab Spring of 2011. Let’s not even get started with the effects of such social media as Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, You Tube, Snap Chat, Yelp and Tinder. On the whole, social media brings us together.
Anyone paying peripheral attention during the last 10-15 years knows that people love – I mean LOVE – using social media to post about everything under the sun, especially food. While the foodie culture is delightfully active – posting entrée photos with the perfect filter and taking down businesses with scathing Yelp reviews – there also is a focus on how social media can help us eat better and healthier.
Of course, the Internet is a vast place with dark corners and even darker minds at work, so I would be remiss not to mention the amount of misinformation, misdirected attention and straight up harmful and hurtful communication that gets published through social media. What I mean are those blogs with poor nutritional advice portrayed as gospel, or anything that promotes eating disorders with #thinspiration. So let’s look at a few examples of how we can use different platforms for new and positive inspiration and information to eat healthy: