Before you post another Instagram picture of your awesome entree, consider what you’re doing to your friends’ taste buds. You may be wearing them out, even if they never take a bite of the thing. That’s according to a study from Brigham Young University’s School of Management that’s been doing the rounds Monday. The study took 232 students and asked them to rate pictures of food by how tasty they looked. Half were given pictures of sweet treats, the others looked at salty snaps: a whopping 60 Instagrams’ worth of each. See also: 8 Signs You’ve Overfiltered Your Instagram Photos At the end of the experiment, the participants were given peanuts (the snack, not the metaphorical poor payment). The ones who had been looking at salty snacks, across the board, reported enjoying the peanuts less. This fits with established theories on satiation. “Youre becoming tired of that taste without even eating the food, said professor Ryan Elder, who co-authored the study. Its sensory boredom. Youve kind of moved on. You dont want that taste experience anymore. “Even I felt a little sick to my stomach during the study after looking at all the sweet pictures we had,” added co-author Jeff Larsen. He suggests that you might actually turn this study to your advantage by looking at dozens of pictures a day of chocolate cake if you have a weakness for it, for example.
Fast-food drive-thrus are getting slower
That’s even nudged so-called fast-casual chains like Panera to move into the drive-thru arena and increase the number of drive-thrus it opens. The industry issue that’s slowing down service: menu bloat. Fast food’s ongoing market-share battle is forcing big chains to roll out more premium and more complex products more often. “The operational pressures to assemble those items are slowing down the drive-thru,” says Sam Oches, editor of QSR. For example, Taco Bell told QSR that its Cantina Bell bowls sometimes have up to 12 ingredients which are much more complex to assemble than, say, a Doritos Locos Taco. There’s another factor at work, too: accuracy. “The one thing that angers a customer most is to not get the right food,” says Oches. “It’s possible to be too fast.” Consumers get so upset when they find the wrong kind of burger or the wrong toppings in their bags, that many fast-food sellers are either slowing down the process or adding additional order-accuracy checks to assure correct orders. Some chains are “doubling down” on order accuracy, says Oches. “Customers will be patient if you give them hot, accurate orders,” says Oches. Even then, 2013 has not been the industry’s best year in order accuracy, either. Order accuracy for drive-thru meals for the industry was at 87.2% this year vs. 88.8% last year. The chain ranking highest in accuracy: Chick-fil-A at 91.6%. The lowest was Burger King at 82.3%.
Ramen noodles again? For millions on U.S. food stamps, ‘This is not the way I envisioned my life’
Theyre less than a buck. He prefers fruits and vegetables, but he says eating healthy, while not impossible, isnt as easy as eating cheaply. I’m a health-conscious person, at least I would be, the 31-year-old Philadelphian says. An artist, Bush works every day and earns about $900 a month while caring for his 55-year-old mom, who is disabled. He receives $119 a month in food-stamp benefits. Some view artists as broke and poor already, Bush says. To think that others might also consider me a strain on the system because I am on SNAP makes me even more stressed. View gallery . Bush’s typical meal: a $1 to $2 microwavable meal. On stamps for six years, Bush also receives Social Security disability because hes diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Every time I pull out that card to buy food and wait in line for the machine to process, I feel like I stand out as less than an equal. Less than I want to be. Like a failure and a loser, Bush says. I don’t want to be thought of this way. If I were able to, and it was up to me, I would not be in the system at all. This is not the way I envisioned my life From February 2001 to November 2004, Marie Green earned about $2,400 a month while caring for two kids, including an autistic son. After she lost her job in the medical field, she went on unemployment and now receives $367.40 a month to feed her and her daughter, 21-year-old Jo.