Introduction: Korean pop music has been, as of late, an especially noticeable force that has permeated youth culture not only in its native country but also around the world. While it is well known that the “K-pop” music industry seems to be targeted more towards the “tween” crowd, there is a notable presence of interest in ages that surpass the 12- to 14-year range. As such, the purpose of our study was to examine the correlation between the age of a listener and the “number of fucks given” (hereafter referred to as “NOFG”) about K-pop.
Methods: In order to ensure that accurate results were garnered, we randomly selected a large sample of individuals from all over the world (n=69 bazillion) with ages ranging from 5 to 100, with an equal distribution in gender, race, socioeconomic status, and other demographic factors. Each subject was asked two simple questions: 1) “Do you listen to K-pop at all?” and 2) “On a scale of 0 to 100, how many fucks do you currently give about K-pop?” Responses were sent back to our research firm for statistical analysis.
Results: Of the 69 bazillion surveys we sent out, we received roughly a gazillion responses back. The significant results derived from the compilation of survey responses are represented below in the following diagrams:
Discussion: Overall, the overwhelming response of “Fuck No” to the first question (p < 0.00001) is a key indicator that the previously stated hypothesis of K-pop "taking over the world" is not supported in any capacity. As far as the individuals that answered "Yes", the NOFG reaches its peak during the preteen and tween years, staying consistent through most of the teenage years, and finally declining as individuals enter their twenties. In general, it seems that females give significantly more fucks about K-pop than males (p < 0.01). An interesting find, however, was that there seemed to be an unusual spike in NOFG in males between the ages of 40 and 60. We currently have no theories to explain this phenomena and believe that further research into this strange matter is warranted. What possible interest could old men have in fit young women? Truly puzzling.
Conclusion: As stated in the discussion, K-pop would not seem to be as far-reaching as previously thought, thus casting doubts on claims from adamant fans of the genre. Still, this study has given insight into the correlation between age and NOFG, shedding light onto the theory that K-pop is a fad for fans, destined to die out as the listener matures and grows in age.