K-pop has become trendy, not confined to Korea but spread worldwide, especially in Asia. The so-called Korean wave has exerted its strong influences on young people, particularly teenagers, in some Asian countries, including Vietnam. It cannot be denied that in addition to a type of entertainment, K-pop functions as “a cultural bridge” helping improve the understandings of Asian cultures in general and Korean culture in particular. However, it also has bad sides, that is, affecting teenagers in a negative way.
Firstly, K-pop contributes to some severe health problems in young fans. Indeed, those who spend too much time on watching music videos, searching information about K-pop idols usually suffer asthenia as a result of lacking sleep, staying up late and skipping meals. Some addict to K-pop so much that they lock themselves in all day, stick to computer screen or TV screen instead of going out with friends, doing extracurricular activities, playing sports, which are good for their physical and mental health.
Consequently, they may be in a debilitating condition or even have eye diseases, memory loss sooner or later! Furthermore, it is evidenced that teen fans tend to be depression-prone and autism-prone. The reason simply is that they would rather talk about their idols than communicate with other people or share their own troubles. Obviously, teenagers may suffer physical, mental and psychological problems because of heavy K-pop addiction.
Secondly, K-pop is blamed for a fall in academic achievement of some teen–aged students. This is probably because some who are into K-pop are so obsessed with some girl bands or boy bands that they do not pay attention in class and keep listening music during lessons.
They also stay at home stalking their favorite idols via Internet, wasting time on reading such nonsensical stuffs about them as scandals, debut years instead of reading books, doing homework or participating in learning groups. In other words, they are distracting their studying. Therefore, it will come as no surprise that they have poorer performance at school.
Last but not least, K-pop may lead to lack of social contact and affect relationships between children and parents. It is clear that most K-pop addicts do not go out as much as they used to. They prefer sitting “within four corners” and enjoying their favorite SNSD’s hits or Super Junior’s new album without being annoyed by others, specifically their parents. Some crazy fans publicly show extreme attitude towards, even terribly insult their own parents, who work hard every day to feed them, on Facebook, Twitter, blogs or social networks just because they are scolded, grumbled or not given money to buy new albums, buy tickets to attend shows of “Oppa”.
In a worse case, K-pop not only leads to conflicts between children and parents but also contributes to tragic consequences. As can be seen in newspapers, recently, it is not rare that parents kill their own child not just because they are “not as good as oppa” but mostly because they are too disappointed.
To sum up, K-pop itself is not bad but its influences are causing worrying troubles for teenagers in particular and society in general. Health problems and poor performance at school are serious consequences. However, more importantly, K-pop threatens to destroy close-knit relationships between children and parents.