• k_db

    My kpop obsession only goes as far as the “most visited” tabs on Chrome.

  • itsmysunshine

    For me, it’s the number of edits, gifs, and reblogs on my Tumblr.

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

    Hmm, initially, my obsession with K-pop lead me wanting to know more about Kpop. The easiest way to do so would be to check out allkpop and dramabeans. I felt that allkpop is not critical enough (thanks to the fact that i have a major in history…) so I decided to search for other sources to fulfil my curiosity towards the issues surrounding Kpop, thus, my active participation at Seoulbeats. Strange enough, reading about Seoulbeats made me curious about Korean culture and social issues, which lead me to become an avid reader of The Grand Narrative and AngryKpopfan.tumblr.com. 

    And it made me consider about going to Seoul for summer school and take up a subject on Korean contemporary issues and somewhere along the line…. It also made me want to learn Korean and contributed to my decision towards wanting to pursue a Masters in International Relations instead of Psychology. 

    So, in a way, my obsession with Kpop truly affected my life to a major degree.

    However, I do not think I am as passionate as most people out there. For one, I do not have a bias list (do not get the concept of that still, no offense), I do not spend time on youtube dropping comments about how I should replay the videos a 1000 times, I do not get into fanwars, I do not buy physical albums, do not go to concerts, do not buy t-shirts or accessoires with my favorite idol groups logo all over them… In a sense, I am not sure if I am that passionate about Kpop? The fact that I do not know the existence of “K-pop acts” calender made me think of myself as an epic fail Kpop-fan… = =

    • animasaurus

       I love reading angrykpopfan lol… it’s so honest and really makes you see things in more “revealing” (truthful) light.

    • hapacalgirl

      Thanks for posting about angry kpop fan. I had never heard of the website till your comment and after reading a bit of it, I can see it becoming one of my go to sites some different perpectives of social issues in Korea which I have been curious about since first coming across kpop and k-ent and even moreso now that I often work with professors/doctors from korea visiting to do research with me and the lab I am a researcher with (i recently spent a year and a half working with a professor/doctor from Seoul University) . I am also planning a trip to korea in the next year so I am trying to get a better perpective of what korea is like in terms of culture and beliefs. I actually do read The Grand Narrative and was originally introduced to the site via seoulbeats.

  • UsuallySilent

    The farthest I’ve gone and possibly ever will go is buying a few physical albums. But I am prone to buying foreign albums, so it doesn’t really express my passion in Kpop as much as it expresses a new period of interest of mine in another foreign music genre.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    Honestly, I don’t think the calendar thing is very definite. There seem to be too many popular acts to have many “down” weeks or something.

  • ItsQuinnBro

    I first learned about kpop in the 5th grade. When I was signing up for classes in middle school I chose every class that had something to do with Korea or any Asian country. I even took Chinese class to learn the language (they didn’t have Korean class and some kpop artist sing songs in Chinese) I also was able to make a lot of my friends obsessed with Kpop although it took a while. I had wore clothes (and still do) from yes style and yes Asia. Also brought my biases albums even if I only liked a few songs. I worked as a baby sitter just to get money to buy the most expensive albums. But now, I’m not all that obsessed luckily.

  • Whisperingnotes

    I was not aware of a ‘Kpop Calendar’…..when did this happen? O.o

    Anyway, I don’t know if I’m obsessed….I mean, I like listening to their songs, but then again I listen to English songs non-stop. If kpop t-shirts were sold here, I’d definitely buy one or two. The ones sold online are too expensive to waste my parents’ money on. However, I did kinda tear up when I finally bought Tablo’s album aka my very first k-pop CD. Am I obsessed? Frankly, I dunno. You tell me. But I am interested in Korean culture…..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

      The calendar is something that can be observed. The first few months of the year are usually slower, with only a few big acts performing. When those big acts finish winning in music shows, it’s easy to see some lesser-known acts winning after them. Since 2009, Super Junior’s always promoting mid-year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Cottle/1297801414 Jessica Cottle

    I have a Jaejoong poster in my room. And a few CDs of my favorite K-pop acts. That’s about it. I had no idea about the calendar though. I feel enlightened haha.

  • http://twitter.com/SjundeSara Sara

    I have a Block B t-shirt, some k-pop posters and CD’s. And I have a cute fan art of Sehun as wallpaper on my mobil and the instsumental version of Nanlina as a ringtone. If that counts as obsessed then yes, I am.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=817485226 Chanting Lee

    Low-profile? I don’t. I thought that sharing KPOP videos on Facebook, following my bias on Twitter, or tracking pictures and gifs on Tumblr was low-profile – but nooo~ those who follow me on social media KNOW that I love KPOP. Hahahha, so nope… not low-profile at all.

    My only other collection that proves me as a KPOP fan is my CDs and posters plastered on my room walls. (And there’s enough to scare non-KPOP fans away… LOL)

    I have Taeyang’s t-shirt that I got from buying his Deluxe Edition of Solar, but I have that neatly stashed away somewhere. Only gonna wear it when I go to his concert (another obsession showing!?!)

    But that’s about it… I don’t buy calendars or photobooks (though I do have Big Bang’s 2010 one) that much since I’m a poor student who hasn’t found herself a casual job yet. I’d hate to waste my parents’ money as well, so I guess this KPOP obsession doesn’t run THAT deep…? Hahaha.

    Right now, I’m trying to find a good plan for my smartphone (yes, I’m really late into these trends and bandwagons, apologies), so there’s no bias overflowing my apps and smartphone YET. Haha.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    My humongous Yunho poster is proudly displayed in my room, creepily watching me as I sleep. LOL. Apart from that, I only have a few DVD’s and CD’s from my biases, and only the ones worth buying. I don’t buy all the crap my biases come up with.

  • http://twitter.com/plexormeter Percussion Plexor

    My Kpop obsession is in the history of my browser, but I usually clear my history eery other day.
    I only have my bias group songs in my playlist, and 4 albums of theirs. 

  • icebunnies19

    My Kpop obsession is that I usually go to an article and then I first read the comments, especially the funny ones haha
    and SuJu <3

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  • haiitsvi

    Hmm I guess you could say that my deciding to minor in East Asian Studies has a little something to do with my love for Kpop as well as anime and manga. I’m currently debating over taking Chinese so I can understand a little of Exo-M interviews without subtitles… have I gone too far?

  • mondaybeats

    Well, my obsession does run a little deep as I’ve been into Kpop for three years now. Usually I get oddly obsessive when it comes to my favorite groups (such as SHINee and Boyfriend) and I get that fangirl urge to just buy everything they bring out. I think that’s just a common fangirl feeling. However I’ve learned to control myself (somewhat lol) as I don’t have that kind of money.

    I do have a mad poster buying obsession, which I have no excuse for. I do buy quite a number of CDs, but since I don’t have much money, I usually calculate to see which ones are worth buying. I have a general rule that I have to buy at least one CD from each group I really enjoy (same for the other genres I’m into) because I feel the need to give them actual support.

    I’ll spend money on Kpop concerts simply because they don’t come around here in the US too often, and they’re just fun. Even if you don’t get the best seats, at least you have the pleasure of being in this huge event, singing along and dancing around to your favorite songs with other fans. As for calenders, mobile apps, etc., I never buy such things. It makes me feel really…weird buying stuff like that. It creeps me out a bit.

  • vip

    lol, I’m just watching yt video or read articles like this one.