Teenagers and K pop Culture

October 6, 2023

Back when we were doing our schooling, the topics to discuss were Takeshi’s Castle, Tom, and Jerry, Brick game, etc. But now, topics changed and turned to one of the hottest subjects “K-pop” or Korean Pop Culture.
The development of the times escorted by the rapid development of technology completes many outside cultures that penetrate and are studied by Generation Z which is the contemporary generation and evolves with technology. K-pop culture involves styles and genres from around the world, such as pop, hip hop, R&B, experimental, rock, jazz, gospel, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, disco, and classical on top of its traditional Korean music roots.
The golden question of this hour is “Are youngsters getting addicted to K-pop?”
Let us see a piece of news;
A 16-year-old girl in Kerala died by suicide on Saturday (June 4). In her suicide note, the girl blamed poor grades due to her addiction to K-pop videos and lack of friends as the reasons behind her suicide.
As a follow-up of the case, the WCD department gave warnings to the parents and youngsters, and also parents are increasingly bringing in their children for therapy due to the addition of K-pop music.

Before bluntly criticizing a particular media/culture/entertainment show, we can just closely analyze the other ways. There are quite possible ways for teenagers who watch

K-drama or K-pop to learn a new language and explore their food, respects, etc. The more teenagers respond that during the lockdown period, they started to watch K-drama, as a kind of stress buster, and they are continuing in between when they feel stressed with their studies.
What I am, as a narrator, trying to articulate is, that it is not about watching a Kdrama, that is affecting youngsters, but it is at the point where they start making it indulge in their lives.
The reasons they are getting obsessed are:
*Where some people don’t like social gatherings, there are several instances of K-pop or K-drama obsession leading to social isolation as fans spend more and more time-consuming content.
*One reason could be because K-pop or K-dramas are designed to provide short-lived excitement, a dose of dopamine, or an escape from reality.
* It could also be the age factor.
Watching Korean dramas can also have an impact on the daily behavior of generation Z, that behavior is a human act or activity that includes many things including reading, walking, crying, and laughing.K-style surprisingly attracted the teen audience and motivated them to imitate those styles. Peer Group Interactions also take an important role in K-Style imitation behavior. The necessity for being praised and accepted made their personality capricious and emotionally unstable.
Let us make it clear for people who are getting addicted or obsessed, it is their looks, the way project themselves, their dressings, etc. it’s not their ability to sing/dance/act. Youngsters who are fascinated by their abilities can be motivated to lead in life, but if it turns to fame, looks, dressings, etc, it would take them to another world. If you know about Korean culture, you might know that Korea is known as the plastic surgery capital of the world. They are crazy about how they look. They have strict rules about beauty standards.
Apart from all those factors also, Kdramas are being used to promote mental health, like “It’s ok, not to be ok”.Watching K-dramas has destroyed my desire to watch American content. I think the Koreans do drama so much better and the level I was just blown away when I first started watching a couple of months ago. Thus, it is okay to watch those rather than getting addicted or over-excited.