Rookie K-Poppers Vs. Veteran K-Poppers

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Wherever we are in this rollercoaster ride called K-pop, some of us (ahem) have been on this journey much longer than others. Not to say that’s a bad thing (once a fan always a fan), but as K-pop is ever evolving, so are its fans. Whether you are calling your favorite idols oppa/unnie/noona/hyung, or you are being called that, here are some differences between rookie K-poppers and veteran K-poppers.

Comebacks

ROOKIE:

We have to wait three months for a comeback?

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VETERAN:

We have to wait three YEARS for a comeback?

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With every passing year, it seems idol groups are coming back faster than before. Veteran K-pop fans (and current YG stans) know it’s a miracle when their (WHOLE) beloved group comes back within the same year.

When you talk about K-pop with your friends…

BEFORE:

A: Yea, I really love this group called DBSK.

B: Dibidibi what?

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That’s not even the right group. 

NOW:

A: My favorite jam right now is ‘The Eye’ by this group called INFINITE.

B: OMG HELLO FELLOW INSPIRIT?!

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Most veteran K-poppers probably identify more with the first scenario, while rookie K-poppers may have only heard stories of the first. With the rise of Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” K-pop has started to become more mainstream. Nowadays, if you throw a stone, you may just hit a potential Starlight, Shawol, or Baby (and let the fangirling commence!).

Fashion Sense

ROOKIE:

WOW what is that hair? Those glasses? Coordi-noonas must not like that idol too much hehe~

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VETERAN:

Thank you God that the ’90s and early 2000s have passed and will never, ever come back.
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‘Nuff said

Social Media

ROOKIE:

A: YASSS. VIXX’s Hyuk just updated his Instagram again. Gotta go like it~

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VETERAN:

A: *obsessively refreshes Instagram knowing full well their favorite idols are in the military right now and have almost no access to social media*

B: OMG they opened a Twitter account!!! *chorus of “What’s their username?” rises up in forums*

C: Does my idol even know what social media is?

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Before social media sites like Twitter, idols actively used only Korean sites, such as me2day or Cyworld.

And if you didn’t know Korean…

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Obtaining subbed idol interviews and variety shows

ROOKIE:

Don’t worry! There are tons of subbing groups out there. Someone will sub it soon!

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VETERAN:

Okay, Google. What is ‘Ann-yeong-hae-say-yo’ in English?

No results? What if I spelled it this way…

200

And that’s how it’s done.

With K-pop rising in the mainstream, so has the rise of subbing groups. Veterans still have war flashbacks of desperately scouring YouTube for English subs.

And on a similar vein…

Video Quality

ROOKIE:

Just 720p? Okay, then.

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VETERAN:

720p!! OMG THEIR FACES ARE SO CLEAR AND I CAN SEE THEIR PORES AND THE BLENDING IS JUST AWFUL AND WOW IT’S SO CLEAR.

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HD makes everything better. ❤

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