Posted by KayRosa Sunday, April 11, 2021

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


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)


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?

  1. A Pink
  2. Baby V.O.X
  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_sa3,349 pts Sunday, April 11, 2021 1
Sunday, April 11, 2021

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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absolutely111 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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