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Which K-pop generation do these girl groups belong to? Netizens debate on the generational divisions with female idols

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Netizens are in a debate about K-pop generations vis-à-vis girl groups.


On a community forum, netizens are wondering if some of these girl groups belong to a particular generation, as some appear to be a '.5' generation following another. In a post titled 'The ongoing debate regarding the generation theory...', a netizen divided the girl groups in the following ways:

1st Gen: Baby V.O.X (1997), S.E.S (1997), Fin.K.L (1998)

1.5 Gen: Jewelry (2001)

2nd Gen: Girls' Generation (2007), KARA (2007), Wonder Girls (2007)

2.5 Gen: SISTAR (2010), Girl's Day (2010), A Pink (2011)

3rd Gen: Red Velvet (2014), TWICE (2015), BLACKPINK (2016)

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And the uploader wrote, "Up to here, it's pretty much the popular opinion, but starting from here...it becomes complicated...are they 3.5 or 4?"

(G)I-DLE (2018)

IZ*ONE (2018)

ITZY (2019)


To this opinion, netizens left comments such as:

"Well of course they are 3.5"

"I'd say 3.5"

"LOL, wait, why is BLACKPINK 3rd-gen when they have just begun?"

"I think they are 4. But it's strange to see IZ*ONE there..."

"Um, where's 2NE1?"

"I feel like ITZY could be 4th gen, but they did make their debut a little early"

"Wait, 1.5 also has CSJH The Grace, SeeYa, and the likes. [...] You started 2.5 from 2010 but what about 2009? There were 2NE1, Rainbow, f(x), etc. that year and so we should begin there for 2.5. And also Miss A in 2010."

"I don't think 4th gen has started for girl groups"

"If you're gonna add IZ*ONE, let's add IOI"

Despite the disagreements, the majority of the comments appear to read "3.5" for the last bunch of girl groups listed. 

What are your opinions?

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  1. Apink
  2. Baby V.O.X
  3. BLACKPINK
  4. CSJH The Grace
  5. Fin.K.L
  6. f(x)
  7. (G)I-DLE
  8. Girl's Day
  9. Girls' Generation
  10. IOI
  11. ITZY
  12. IZ*ONE
  13. Jewelry
  14. KARA
  15. miss A
  16. Rainbow
  17. Red Velvet
  18. SeeYa
  19. S.E.S
  20. SISTAR
  21. TWICE
  22. Wonder Girls
  23. 2NE1
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I_said_what_I_sa
I_said_what_I_sa5,107 pts Sunday, April 11, 2021 1
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Between the 3rd and 4th gen that’s where the lines get blurry. I noticed this from people it’s always different unlike the 1st and 2nd gen which people can identify easily the beginning and end.

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absolutely735 pts Sunday, April 11, 2021 0
Sunday, April 11, 2021

I think it will become clearer in a few years, we'll be able to look back and say for sure where 3.5 or 4.0 starts.

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