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?"
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?