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Who said fanboying/fangirling is a distraction? Find out how this student from the University of the Philippines pulled off a full-blown research paper about his favorite K-pop girl group, Blackpink.

/ 18 June 2022

As a result of the flourishing of K-pop music in a number of countries all over the world over the past decade, K-pop has developed into a global cultural phenomenon. BLACKPINK is one of the many K-pop groups that have become popular all over the world in recent years. BLACKPINK is one of the best-known girl groups from South Korea. It was put together by YG Entertainment. At the moment, K-Pop is mostly driven by dance music and is cultivated by conglomerate music agencies such as YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and SM Entertainment.

Like millions of Blinks around the world, Cayl Andrew Franco was captivated by the girl group’s strong feminine visuals and talent. In his final year at university, Cayl decided to go all-in and pulled off his thesis called, “Blackpink Is the Revolution?”: A Case Study on the Rhetorical Power of Blackpink as a Popular Culture Icon.”

What Cayl is showing is actually about healthy fangirling or fanboying.

What is it like to be a fangirl or fanboy?

  • No matter if we’re having a good day or a bad day, idols give us the motivation we need to get through the day.
  • Being a fan makes our lives a little less dull and boring.
  • Being in the same fandom gives you the chance to meet new people and create strong support systems and feelings of affirmation. It’s also good for your mental health to be connected to people who like the same things you do.
  • Being a fangirl or fanboy is good for your mental health because it helps you figure out who you are, gives you more control over your life, and makes you feel like you belong to a group.
  • Fandom is a way for people with shifting feelings and scattered sensibilities to find comfort.

The problem with this behavior is that, whether it’s a friendship or a romantic relationship, pop culture paints a picture of an idealized situation that we often try to achieve without even realizing it. Millennials often judge their relationships by how close they are to this “ideal scenario.” When we have unrealistic expectations of other people, we end up being completely drained by them.

Setting limits is the key to fangirling in a healthy way. Don’t forget that we have our own lives to take care of. Dealing with reality will always be the most important thing in our lives, and being a fan is just a fun thing to do on the side. Fangirling shouldn’t get in the way of finding your real life, but it can help you find it.