13 K-pop Habits and Why You Should Break Them
Just like many other obsessions, we become a little bit too much involved and although k-pop (like many other music genres) is not a vice, it should be enjoyed in moderation and with proper care.
In no particular order, listed below are some of the many habits we develop as we grow more fonder of our fandoms. Disclaimer: the list contains honest and experiential facts, some which may differentiate to your own opinion.
1. USING RANDOM KOREAN WORDS IN EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONS (e.g: hwaiting, mwo, andwae, etc.)
This may come off as something shallow to you but, language as a major medium for communication should be properly used and not abused. There are many existing grammatical errors (in any language you use) caused by the developments in text-lingo or internet abbreviations which results to forgetting how to construct grammatically correct sentences.
Unless you are practicing your Korean, maybe you should minimize the use of random words to your everyday conversations. Kekeke!
2. EATING WHILE WATCHING YOUR DOSE OF K-POP
Can you see those crumbs falling in the spaces between your keys? Maybe not, because your eyes are too busy feeding your appetite.
You won’t want to buy a new keyboard, because that means another expense and it will make you dig into your savings for the next album or concert ticket!
3. BUYING SPECIFIC ERA MERCHANDISE AT THE SAME TIME
If you can already satisfy yourself with the album or a photobook, there is no urgency in buying other items. Money isn’t something you wake up to everyday, so learn a little thriftiness and don’t forget to spend some on your own pampering.
4. BUYING EXPENSIVE GIFTS FOR OPPA/NOONA
Knowing our idols are underpaid for their hard work and stress, gifts such as the latest iPhone, three MacBook Pros and luxury bags aren’t what they need to carry on.
The more personal effort you put into your gift, the more your oppa or noona will feel your presence and love for them. Why not set a bigger goal such as going to Korea to see them? Here are some tips to make your Korea Trip a reality.
5. DRESSING UP LIKE YOUR IDOLS IN THEIR MUSIC VIDEOS
Obviously, they wear fancy and sometimes out-of-this-world clothes for aesthetics purposes only. It’s not like they are going to wear it when they go out with friends and have coffee. They have simple airport fashion and that’s their real selves.
Unless you can sport Rain’s outfit in the image above.
6. BRINGING A LOT OF GADGETS TO CONCERTS OR EVENTS
What did you pay for: the photos and videos on your hard drive or the chance to see and listen to them in person?
They look at your camera and think that they’re looking at you eye to eye but not really. Want to know what’s worse? The concert ends and you get out of the concert hall, only to find out that you’ve lost your phone or dropped your money somewhere!
7. GETTING OVERLY EXCITED WHEN SEEING A KOREAN
Don’t be a creep. Some may want your attention but not all Koreans do.
This applies most especially to Koreans who are studying abroad. They might think you are only being friendly for k-pop reasons, and that’s not a good thing. Talk to them but never try to ask who their favourite k-pop groups are during your first meeting.
8. CUTTING OR DYEING YOUR HAIR AS YOUR IDOL
With all due respect to freedom of expression and cultural values, there is also a need to check the shape of the face and weather conditions when trying to sport a new hairdo.
The hair dyes and bleach solutions have harmful chemicals in it too. So be careful!
9. SPAZZING WHILE WAITING FOR THE LIVESTREAM OF THEIR SHOW
Idols make a comeback every so often that you spend hours waiting in front of your computer everyday as to not miss a thing.
You forget baths, miss your meals, don’t get up to pee. Very unhealthy and unhygienic. Give yourself a break and don’t forget your homework piling up on your table. Jot down some notes and scan your books. Even oppa wants you to finish that thesis!
10. CREATING DUMMY ACCOUNTS OF YOUR IDOLS
You follow your idol on Twitter, Instagram, Weibo and other SNS profiles, but he still doesn’t talk to you?
It doesn’t help other fans when you interact with those who do not know that your account is fake. Be a good Samaritan by letting your fellow fans know the real accounts of your idols.
11. CHANGING YOUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK TO “IN A RELATONSHIP WITH (insert oppa here)”
After you have created your dummy account in #10, what do you do next? Interact with yourself.
The adverse effect of this? You might be missing out on real-life relationships with your friends and potential boyfriend or girlfriend. Come on, you still don’t think your hubby or wife is the one you see on your screens, eh?
12. STALKING OR INTRUDING INTO THEIR PRIVATE LIVES
K-pop idols live in Korea. Korea is located on earth. Yes, your idols are humans and they have a right to privacy.
Relationships, what they ate for breakfast, phone numbers and other information is great. There is nothing wrong with knowing as much details as you can about your idol, but if they want to keep it private (i.e. avoiding the press about specific topics), then let it be.
13. CLAIMING THAT YOUR FANDOM IS THE BEST FANDOM
Truth is, everyone will say that. Who would want to be last? No one and neither would you accept the fact. This usually happens when you trend hashtags on Twitter and view videos on YouTube, but it doesn’t make them the top in the charts.
Every fandom is best in their own world. Just like Logan told Charles in X-Men: Days of Future Past, “Your best is enough.”
There are more habits to break and this list may not apply to all. The choice is yours. Happy fangirling!