These days my IG is flooded with BTS reels (no idea, why). And the more I see it, the more I wonder about façade and realities for these idols as well as for the fans.

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    Not only for BTS, but many of these idols have it so difficult. I get burned out after 10 hour of a workday and need to relax. But for them, their work goes on and on and on with the lives. Even activities like cooking, listening to music, even sleeping etc. for them is work. Even if it is real, it must be so, so tiring. I am tired after thinking about it.

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    It might be because it was their 10 year anniversary very recently & there was quite a bit of social media attention on their FESTA celebrations & bringing up past content etc.

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      Or maybe it is a way to keep the hype up with the army enlistment going on for members. Either way, I was feeling tired just by watching them.

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        I get what you mean about the idol work load though!! When I had Weverse downloaded, there’d be a live every other minute and some of them would go on for hours (One of the Seventeen members did a live that lasted for 6 hours, but I’d like to think this was by choice because he literally spent most of it talking about anime). I’m not sure from an outsiders perspective just how much and many of these lives are them being made to/contractually obliged to or them wanting to talk to fans, but like you said, I can only imagine it being exhausting at some point when even your rest time is in front of the camera working!

        Groups like NCT also where they have a handful of members who are involved in several of the subunits also just get no break between all the promotions, album activities and also their sponsorship obligations (like all those fashion shows they’ve got to attend and ads they have to shoot). I think there was a fancall or a Insta Live not too long ago where Mark was literally talking about how he was feeling a bit ill and just burnt out from the crazy schedules and the constant flying between countries. The whole thing makes me feel really conflicted as a fan because I obviously enjoy content from my favourite groups but there’s that constant worry of ‘am I part of the problem though?’. I’m not sure and it’s still something I’m working through to but I’m glad that sometimes at least you see a lot of vocal fans petitioning against mistreatment or commenting during things like lives asking idols to please get some rest etc, which shows that there is a higher level of awareness these days and a more vocal fan voice around it.

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          I wrote a reply and it didn’t get posted because of “inappropriate word”. Strange. I do not think I wrote anything like that though.

          Anyhow, live for 6 hours sound scary to me. The lines between reality and virual life will blur so much. I get zoom fatigue after 30 mins of office video call, and prefer to keep it audio. I heard about livestreaming while being sick and anxious, and people telling that it is because of their “love for fans”. The cynical side of me reminded me that it is work, and nobody should be working when they are sick.

          I installed Weverse only for 2 days and was tired for everyone on the platform– fans and idols alike. I like to think that I prefer simpler life. Once in a while, watching a live is okay. But the platform felt overwhelming to me.

          I know many of these things might contradict what people on DB feel, but many of the people will perhaps understand as well. This problem seems peculiar to Korean industry. I have not seen such lives or platforms in India (where I am from) or even in Hollywood. Maybe I am just ignorant.

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