Cook, Click, Share, and Be Happy!

Eudaimonic Self-Presentation of Consumer Cooking Practices in Contemporary Technocultures

Authored by: Silvia Biraghi , Daniele Dalli , Rossella C. Gambetti

The Routledge Companion to Happiness at Work

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367266554
eBook ISBN: 9780429294426
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This chapter describes consumers’ cooking and self-presentation practices on social media as means for pursuing happiness. It draws from a concept of happiness as a core dimension of individual wellbeing that relies on both hedonic and eudaimonic fulfilment. While hedonic fulfilment has been extensively investigated in consumer research, eudaimonic fulfilment has received scarce attention. Hedonic pleasure is pursued through enjoying life in a basically passive way, while eudaimonia is associated to pursuing one’s own life project, growing as an individual and integrating into a given social setting. Rooted in the digital consumer culture of the current Italian amateur cooking tradition, this chapter claims that consumers pursue happiness by engaging in self-presentation of their cooking practices in social media. These practices reveal a eudaimonic tension toward wellbeing according to which consumers spread their pictures and videos into the network of their peers in order to engage them in a collective project of emancipation and self-realization. While illustrating the empirical evidence of a recent netnographic study, this chapter will critically discuss in a simple and straightforward style how happiness in contemporary consumption is not only or primarily a psychological state. Beyond that, it has evolved into a technocultural process where eudaimonic wellbeing, digital self-presentation, production, and networked sociality are subtly interwoven.

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